School Resource Officers teach active shooter response method on first day of school
On the very first day students were back in the classroom, school resource officers taught students what they should do in an active shooter situation.
The school resource officer at Hixson High School says the instructions he gave students got today are very different from what many of their parents learned growing up.
Officer Jimmy Bowers says, "It's one of those things where we don't want to talk about, but it's something that needs to be talked about. When we grew up in school we were just taught to hide under the desk."
But, after school shootings at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Columbine took the lives of so many innocent students that has proven not to work anymore.
The new method SROs are teaching is called Run, Hide, Fight.
"During class change, if an active shooter comes in, you run," Bowers said.
He told students if they can't get out, hide- and if they encounter the shooter, fight back and try to save your life.
That is an unsettling thought for some students.
Autumn Hogue said, "I am a little worried, but I know if we are going to talk about it, we are going to be safe."
Bowers told students "Every year I tell you it's not "if" its going to happen in Chattanooga, it's "when" it's going to happen in Chattanooga- an active shooter situation."
Hogue says Officer Bower became her mentor after she joined the archery team he coaches.
Now, her plans include a career in law enforcement, during one of the most tense times for police.
"I tell a lot of people," she said. "They think it's amazing I want to do it."
Officer Bowers says the archery team has been one of the best avenues to build relationships with students and mentor them.