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Is the NorCal shooting a textbook case for how schools should handle similar incidents?




FBI agents are seen behind yellow crime scene tape outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School after a shooting in the morning on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California.
FBI agents are seen behind yellow crime scene tape outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School after a shooting in the morning on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California.
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On Tuesday, a gunman opened fire in the small Northern California town of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, killing at least four and wounding many others before being shot dead by police.

The 45-minute shooting spree occurred at multiple locations, including an elementary school. The school had a locked front gate, which the gunman rammed through with his truck. It’s reported that school officials heard the gunshots first and immediately put the campus into lockdown, but the sequence of events is still unclear as a number of scenes are under investigation.

As more details come to light, Rancho Tehama Elementary has received praise for their fast response in what could have been a much deadlier massacre. What can other schools takeaway from this elementary school’s protocol under similar circumstances? And what additional security measures could have been taken? We get the latest from both a reporter and a security expert who have been following the story.

Guests:

Adia White, reporter for North State Public Radio (NSPR); she’s been following the story and tweets @AdiaMWhite

Tom Czyz, CEO and co-founder of Armoured One, a security company based in Syracuse, New York which specializes in active shooter training for schools, security assessments and bullet resistant glass