Texas school shooting: Training is key, ex-FBI investigator says

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Investigating the Santa Fe High School shooting

Former FBI Investigator Bill Daly on the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

After a school shooting at a Texas high school that left as many as nine people dead, former FBI investigator Bill Daly advocated increased training on dealing with active shooter situations at schools.

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“Training is certainly key,” he told Neil Cavuto during a FOX Business interview on Friday. “Knowing whether to run, [hide] or fight at the very end of it. Those are the key elements to any of these programs. And it’s a very personal decision, what you do during one of these cases.”

Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School at about 8 a.m. CDT after reports that a shooter opened fire inside.

The suspected shooter was taken into police custody, and a second suspect has been detained, Fox News reported. Both suspects were students.

Daly stressed the importance of introducing a system to prevent future shootings, such as a pre-announcement ahead of fire drills – so students can’t be inadvertently herded outside – or identifying safe places to hide or run to. Fighting, he said, should remain a last-resort option.

He also said people need to be alert to strange signs exhibited by people who could become potential shooters and alert the authorities if necessary.

“This is a key thing,” he said. “It’s very important to understand if there is any information ahead of time that would’ve clued someone in.”

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