Two former Washington State Troopers are hoping a new video they've produced will help cut down on the number of staff and students hurt during on-campus shootings.
The video is called "After Lockdown, Pivotal Moments" and it reminds teachers they are the real first responders during an on-campus shooting.
"The reality is we need move from the denial piece that there is the possibility that it could happen and we have to mentally prepare and go through the training and be ready," Tim Walters with Training to Survive said.
Walters, who is the chief of the EWU Police Department, regularly runs his staff through active shooter training and said that teachers need to be ready because in situations like the Sandy Hook shooting the gunman fired more than 120 rounds before police arrived on the scene.
Barricading students behind locked doors and finding the best cover possible are great first steps, but those same teachers also need to be able to take independent action to save their class.
"If that is not going to work because the shooter is breaching the building or breaching your room think about other options," Walters said.
Those options include fighting off the gunman with makeshift weapons to helping your class make an escape. More than any thing else, the producers -- who are also Eastern Washington University policemen -- want teachers to plan ahead and regularly practice their response.
"The lockdown is the foundation, where do we go from here? Think about and be aware of your surroundings and be proactive," Walters said.
Locally, the Mead School District has bought the video and now sharing its lessons with their staff. Walters is less concerned about making money DVD sales and more interested in the video acting as a catalyst for teachers to start talking and planning ahead for the worst case scenario.