Would you know what to do if you were out in public and a person began shooting a gun?
The Pennsylvania State Police Intelligence Division, Domestic Security Section will hold an active shooter community training event Friday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.
The event is planned by Lakeland Junior-Senior High School student Hadley Gilbert.
“I had to do community service hours for school,” said Gilbert, who will be a senior in the fall. “This active shooter program has great information to know. Many people do not know what to do if there is an active shooter. Would you know what to do if you were sitting in a restaurant and there was an active shooter? The program makes you aware of your surroundings.”
The presentation is designed to cover all venues including but not limited to commerce, education, open spaces, places of worship and public settings.
It uses audio and video clips to show people what may occur during an active shooter situation.
According to the state police, through discussing the different mental strategies and response tactics, people will be better prepared to not only act but react during an active shooter event. Triggering events that may cause individuals to become active shooters will also be discussed.
“This program is an excellent opportunity and is open to anyone,” Gilbert said. “This is the only place in this area that the program will be happening. You will not get a program like this anywhere else in the area. It could be less of a tragedy if people are more informed. It is good to be more educated.”
Gilbert hopes to attend West Chester University after graduation and major in geology.
At Lakeland she writes articles for the school newspaper “Lakeland Lance.” She is a member of SADD and the National Honor Society. She has played drums in the marching band.
When she can find some free time, she likes to travel, hike, kayak, hang out with her friends and play with her dog Millie, a black lab husky mix.
She is employed at the Scranton Country Club and is involved in the First Presbyterian Church where she is a deacon, helps with vacation bible school and is a nursery attendant.
“We are privileged to offer this training opportunity to the whole community,” said Reverend Bill Carter, pastor. “We want people to be prepared and hope people from churches, school administration and public at large will attend. There is unexpected violence and it is foolish not to be prepared.”
Admission is free and seating is limited to 200 people.
Parental guidance is suggested due to some violent content.