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Franklin County school staff takes trauma care class

By Frankie Jupiter, fjupiter@wdbj7.com
Published On: Oct 14 2013 06:29:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 10:40:34 PM EDT

Teachers learned how to treat bullet wounds and stop significant bleeding in the event of a school shooting.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. -

Nearly 50 teachers and staff members at Benjamin Franklin Middle School are learning skills that they’re hoping never to use.

“It's a class that we're putting on to assist if there was a mass shooting, if there was a Columbine type incident or a Newtown type incident. Teachers could actually provide first aid for gunshot wounds and traumatic damage to people,” said school resource officer, Thomas Robertson.

Robertson is also a wounded veteran. He's been on the job at the school for a year. He says in a shooting he found that law enforcement in the county have a solid game plan, but there was room for growth with teachers and staff.

For teachers, learning these skills could save a life during a school lock down. It takes about 30 minutes for law enforcement to sweep a school for safety. It also means during that time medical help is unavailable.

“Femoral artery hit or a brachial artery hit, somebody can bleed out in two minutes. If there is somebody there in the classroom that is actually capable of treating that kind of wound, they can save a live that the EMS won't be able to save later,” said Robertson.

Thought it's an optional class for teachers and staff, some say it doesn't hurt to know the skills in a life or death situation.

“I think that it gives parents a piece of knowledge knowing that there are individuals in the school who are trained to care for their child,” said school social worker,” Sherry Scott.

“As a parent myself of a child who will be starting school next year, I want to know not only are my kids getting a good education but that they are safe as well, said teacher, Jesse Laplante.

Other schools in the county are expressing interest in the class.