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In Wake Of Texas Church Shooting, Local Sheriff Looks To Train Churches On Active Shooters

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In wake of the recent shooting at a Texas Church, Gadsden County’s sheriff office is working on putting together some training for local churches.

Gadsden County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sgt. Angie Hightower says her agency wants concerned churches to just be vigilant and alert to newcomers or a regular member of the church.

“They have to be attentive to the members of the church because people may be going through some issues at home, and instead of just brushing it to the side, be more attentive and be more family oriented to support someone if they’re going through [something],” she said. “That way a person’s emotions won’t build up and they won’t feel like they have to act out.”

Hightower says the sheriff’s office hope to start the trainings sometime next month, and are looking into hiring some professionals to help train for active shooter response. According to Sheriff Morris Young, there will most likely be more than one training to accommodate the whole county.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.