Improving Children’s Lives, School Safety Discussed at Called to Care for Kids Conference

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SPRINGFIELD – The 7th annual Called to Care for Kids Conference was held today at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Anyone who works or volunteers in the faith community with children and families could attend this conference. Attendees could share ideas and resources on teaching and bettering the lives of children. Today, Sergeant Eric Schroeder who works with local law enforcement, spoke about the run, hide, fight method, and how a new way of thinking can help save the lives of children in times of an active shooter.

“There’s always a misconception it won’t happen here,” Sgt. Eric Schroeder said. “Every time you watch the news of when an incident happens somewhere in the county, they say we never expected it to happen here. The odds are it won’t. The odds are you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than have an active shooting incident near you. The thing is, we do things to prevent from being hit by lightning, so we should do things to prepare in case something like this were to happen near us.”

Sergeant Schroeder says the run hide fight method says to run away — if you can’t barricade yourself in a room. If that fails, the last resort would be “fight” and not let yourself become a victim. 

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