Teachers taught to recognize sound of gunfire in shooting scenario

Published: Feb. 12, 2016 at 8:57 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 11:41 PM EST
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The FBI is training teachers in Berkeley County how to recognize the sound of gunshots and how to react if an active shooter is on campus.

Officers from the "Operation Safe Schools Initiative" held an exercise Friday at Cane Bay Elementary School.

As part of the exercise an officer fired blanks from actual guns.

"I want them to hear gunshots. I want them to understand distance and allow them to make decisions," said FBI Agent Jeff Cisar.

Cisar and his team held a show and tell for the teachers, showing them the guns that will be used.

The weapons were a nine millimeter pistol, a .45 caliber handgun, an assault rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun.

The teachers were then taken to a room where they heard gunshots from different distances.

"The misconceptions of when somebody shoots a gun in a school everybody's gonna hear it, it's not true," explained Cisar.

The guns were fired one by one from afar and then from a closer range.

At one point shots were fired just 20 yards from the room.

I took cell phone video of the shot from the 12 gauge shotgun.

The vibration made my phone shake.

Teachers who attended the session were very impressed.

"Seeing the actual guns and hearing the sounds, very real," said College Park Elementary School teacher Stacey Wright-McKnight.

The "Operation Safe Schools Initiative" originated in 2013 in two West Virginia counties.

Berkeley County School administrators attended a similar training session at a school in Goose Creek.

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