Louisville preschool participates in active shooter training

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the first preschool in the country to participate in active shooter training curtailed to the age group and it's happening right here in Louisville. 

WDRB went inside the prestigious school on the city's east end where everyday learning went a step further.

Animated decorations, miniature backpacks and scattered number blocks: It looks like any preschool classroom in America.

"You don't want to think about an active shooter coming into a school, but those things happen," said Kristina Grady, director of Kayfield Academy II.

Kayfield Academy II is confronting the unthinkable head-on.

"It's not just my job to teach them, it's also to keep them safe," said Dana Moran, a teacher at Kayfield Academy II.

One announcement over the intercom and the students line up in seconds.

"These children are vulnerable. We needed to protect that vulnerability," said Michael Davis, Director of C.R.I Counter Terrorism for the Midwest.

The preschool called C.R.I. Counter Terrorism months ago to train in just that. It's a company based out of Las Vegas, Nevada -- and now Kentuckiana -- that's trained the elite in combat across the world.

"They stay there and wait until a SWAT team and or very tactical police department can come through and rescue them. The issue with that is you're a sitting duck," Davis said.

Davis has trained all 50 teachers at the school. 

"To fool the mind is the way to keep yourself alive. So, we taught these teachers that even turning on water gives them an extra two seconds to get away," Davis said.

These classrooms practice weekly, sometimes daily.

"The sneaky snake as we call it, the children are so confident in the game because of positive reinforcement after the game," Davis said.

"Getting them through a classroom is a fun game for them. So, we wanted it to be a smooth transition so it was a very fast process and very easy for the teachers to pick up on," Grady said. 

It's all based on a color system, which includes the color of plumes of smoke.

"We want to communicate without noise," Davis said. "She wants anyone coming through this door behind her -- pop -- this is the safe route to go." 

Davis said with training, comes confidence. 

"I do feel like we have a much, much better chance of getting the children out safely after having this," Moran said.

C.R.I. hopes to implement this in other schools, eventually presenting it to the federal government. Kayfield Academy II is all for it.

"My goal, yes we have this training and that's awesome, but for the community's sake, how many more places need this training and how can they implement that?" Grady said.

For more information about C.R.I Counter Terrorism Training, click here or call (812) 725-7767.

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