Liberty Central School District will begin Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations beginning with school administrators and then with teachers, staff and ultimately, students. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings in Florida and Maryland earlier this year.
The presentations, which will be new to Liberty Schools, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department.
Last spring, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training is needed.
“In August, the district welcomed a second full-time school resource officer,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “Now we’re taking a major next step forward in school safety.”
“Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation,” School Resource Officer and Village of Liberty Police Officer Devin Brust said. “Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to.”
The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature, according to Brust.
“No one can accurately predict how one should or will act under these circumstances,” he said. “What we’re aiming to do is empower staff and students to have the confidence and knowledge to respond appropriately if something happens.”
The district plans to begin showing the “Run, Hide, Fight” presentations at Liberty High School in November with the help of our two school resource officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake, followed by age appropriate presentations at the middle and elementary schools.
The Run, Hide, Fight lessons are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons this year. In February and March, teachers, staff and later, Liberty High School students, will become familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact the building Principal of your child’s school. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Middle School Assistant Principal and Director of the District Safety Committee Patrick Sullivan at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2306 or PSullivan@libertyk12.org.