CO school shooting: wake-up call for all of us?

Safety expert offers local insight

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A local man who's job it is to plan for such emergencies says this should serve as a wake-up call for all of us.

Colorado law enforcement is hailing the reaction of many of the civilians who were literally in the line of fire during Friday's school shooting. Experts say it can be a real-life lesson in survival.

Like a recurring nightmare, shots again ring out on a school campus; this time in Centennial, Colorado.

John Sabourin, a former law enforcement officer has a new job implementing workplace violence prevention programs. As owner of his own consulting firm, Safety & Health Compliance.

"Whether it be a day care, an elementary school, a college or university, whatever - but we have to be ready for such an event," he said.

In those crucial moments before officers arrive, before a gunman can be subdued, Sabourin says, it is all up to the civilians present. "We must talk about it. We must practice," he said. "And we must have these policies in place."

At Arapahoe High School, two students were shot. Law enforcement officers say the gunman then turned the weapon on himself.

Sabourin says this is yet another wake-up call for all of US.

"We still have a long way to go," he said. "It's what you do before 911 arrives. 911 is after the fact. The shooter is already there."

Sabourin says this would be a good time to start a serious discussion - not only with a child's school administration - but also one's employers - to learn what kind of emergency plans are in place.

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