Glacier High staff to have active-shooter training

Glacier High School staff will go through active-shooter and emergency-preparedness training Monday as part of a professional development day.

There will be no school for Glacier High School students and the building will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while the training is going on.

Certified trainers from Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish police departments, Kalispell youth court and mental health services, and Kalispell, Whitefish, Somers and Eureka schools will serve as instructors, leading 105 staff members through a variety of scenarios related to school safety and security. Trainees will also learn the “run, lock, fight” method of actively resisting an armed intruder.

Active resistance training is meant to teach people how to make and act on split-second decisions using simple techniques to buy time and save lives until police arrive. This may include running, fighting or taking a weapon away.

This is the first time Glacier will go through the training.

Similar training was held at Flathead High School in March 2016 when educators and first responders from around the valley took part in a two-day “active resistance” training and certification.

Since then, Flathead has gone through more trainings to cover all staff. Additionally, a group of 30 certified trainers headed up by Kalispell Police Department Officer Cory Clarke formed the Northwest Run, Lock, Fight group. The group leads active-resistance trainings around the region at schools and other organizations. Clarke estimates that about 1,200 people have been trained in the region since the group formed.

Read More

A mission of safety on the roads

January 22, 2017 at 9:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Of the eight Montana Highway Patrol districts, District 6 is consistently one of the busiest. The district covers Flathead, Lake and Lincoln counties. “This area is unique because we have the three ...

Read More

EDITORIAL: President Trump and the end of politics as usual

January 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, and he began his term with a call to action and a promise that politics as usual would come to a grinding ...

Read More

Legislator provides his views on infrastructure and budget

January 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The first two weeks of the 65th Montana legislative session are now behind us. As has been the topic pre-session, the battle of the budget is still center stage. We, as a state, find ourselves he...

Read More

Zinke: Leading Interior is great honor and responsibility

January 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake As a son of a plumber and a kid who grew up in a small timber and railroad town next to Glacier National Park in Montana, I am humbled to be the president-elect’s designee for secretary of the inte...

Read More