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Some teachers training to use tourniquets, not guns, in event of school shooting

Posted: 2:50 AM, Mar 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-05 02:50:07-05

CINCINNATI – While political and media attention focuses on training teachers to use guns to protect students, other teachers are undergoing a different kind of training with the same purpose.

Saving students' lives.

Dater High School teacher Chris Bangi turned student himself on a recent weekend morning, proving that concealed carry classes aren't the only way local teachers are preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Call it training with tourniquets.

Bangi would rather not see another mass shooting at a high school, but he wants to be prepared to treat injured students if there is one.

“Seeing that, it's terrible. You never want that to happen,” Bangi said. “For me as a teacher, I would rather be overprepared than underprepared."

Premier Shooting and Training in West Chester started offering Critical Casualty Care 1 at a discount to teachers after the Florida school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead.  The class focuses on techniques and tools like tourniquets to stop the bleeding.

Bangi practiced looping the tourniquet over an extremity to stop the clock when seconds count.

“If it's an arterial wound to the arm or leg, you're talking about 90 seconds until they die - until you bleed out,” said Jim Hardman, Premier Training instructor.

The national average is 1 to 3 minutes once the incident is done. The national average for response time for law enforcemen is 3 to 5 minutes.  In that window, a teacher could be saving lives of people that have been shot.

“God forbid there's a shooter or if one of my kids fall down onto something and there's excessive bleeding,” said Bangi. "I would like to know how to stop that."