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BCSO hosting free active shooter training seminar for teens

Active shooter seminar for teens. ((BCSO))

SAN ANTONIO - Students are getting ready to go back to school and some are worried about the possibility of an active shooter situation on campus.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and mental health professions are trying to help.

Feeling anxious about going back to school is nothing new but medical professionals at the San Antonio Counseling and Behavioral Center are seeing something more and more common in recent years: kids worried about mass shootings.

"They are seeing it on social media they are seeing it on television so for them this is a reality you can’t just pretend that it isn’t there and the kids do think about those things," said Dr. Martha Livingston, director of the San Antonio Counseling and Behavioral Center.

Bexar County agencies practice for active shooter situations

Livingston said having a dialog about shootings is the first step to easing their mind.

"Those are important topics to talk about if they do feel that their school is not safe and have some kind of communication plan," Livingston said.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is having a free active shooter response training seminar Monday for teens.

The office has hosted 70 of these seminars this year but this one will be geared towards kids and school.

"We make it very interactive with questions and answers and we block it for a couple of hours, but usually myself for my deputies we stay as long as needed," said Ari Jimenez, deputy chief of community awareness for BCSO.

The seminar will be about the response to an active shooter situation and keeping an eye out for red flags before bullets fly.

"What we know is an active shooter event, that tackers tend to broadcast their intentions, 'how do they do that?'' Livingston said. "Most likely social media."

The free seminar is Aug. 13 at 6:30 pm at City Church located at 9439 Bandera Rd.

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