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080722 training 4Superintendent John Kaufman goes through training. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The tragedy in Uvalde has given the state’s school systems even more reasons to improve security, and the Trinity district hopes to put all students’ minds at ease.

On Friday, Brian Stutes of Tactical Response Solutions of Beaumont spent the day with the district administration leadership team, training the crew from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on processes for dealing with school intruders or active shooting events.

Superintendent John Kaufman said the visit will help the district do what needs to be done to improve site security and responses.

“Our practices are good, but people after time get complacent, and (Uvalde) put fire under all of us to make security a 24/7 thing,” he said. “We need to continuously look at what we’re doing.”

Stutes led training in defensive mechanisms and first aid, and then walked through the buildings and gave suggestions for security and making sure all necessary aid items were in place.

In addition to all administrators, Trinity VFD and EMS, and both Trinity and TISD police departments went through training, Kaufman said.

“We talked through scenarios and the processes to deal with them, and then we will pass this along to teachers and other staff,” Kaufman said. “We’ve got a good start, but there are things to make it better, and we’re going to do it.”

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