Is Your School Prepared to Survive the Next School Shooting?

by Laura Carno

Laura Carno
Laura Carno

Colorado –-( When you drop your kids off for school in the morning, or wave goodbye to them at the bus stop, do you ever say a little prayer for their safety? Ask yourself this: Are your kids as safe as they can possibly be at school, or do you just pretend they are to get through the day?

Some parents can say, “Yes! My kids are safe!” because they know that trained medical and armed first responders are ready to protect their children in school. But, not every parent can say that.

Last year, I attended training for these armed first responders in Ohio. It’s called FASTER training which stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response. Essentially, it is training for school staff who volunteer to put their bodies between bullets and your kids — not their own kids— other people’s kids. Ohio has trained almost 900 people over the past 5 years. These 900 school staff members are nothing short of heroes in my book.

When I got back from FASTER training in Ohio, I vowed to bring this life-saving training to Colorado. Colorado kids deserve the same level of protection as Ohio’s kids!

I wrote an article about how the experience changed my life. Please read the whole thing.

Now, just 10 months later, we have our first Colorado FASTER class scheduled in June. We are offering this class through and organization I recently co-founded, Coloradans for Civil Liberties, in partnership with Independence Institute.

The Ohio training team is traveling to Colorado to train our Colorado training team, who will then conduct the ongoing FASTER Colorado classes.

Is Your School Prepared to Survive the Next School Shooting?
Is Your School Prepared to Survive the Next School Shooting?

FASTER training is for school staff who already have their Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP), and who have the permission of their school or charter board, or are on their way to having permission. We can also help school and charter boards with the process of granting permission.

I’m not asking for money, I’m asking for your help to save our children by identifying Colorado school staff members — those who have what it takes to volunteer to be those trained medical and armed first responders in their schools.

Now that we have our first class dates set in June, we want to make sure that first class is filled to capacity, and that we have waiting lists for our next classes.

Whether you are inside or outside of Colorado, do you know people in Colorado who are:

  • School staff members – teachers, administrators, janitors, etc. who would volunteer to save your children’s lives
  • School Board and Charter Board members – they are legally able to approve armed first responders in their schools.
  • School Board and Charter Board members who have already approved school staff members – this life-saving training is for their staff too.
  • Parents of children in Colorado schools – parents should demand that their kids are as safe as possible in schools, by being protected by FASTER trained school personnel.

Send this email to them. Ask them to read the article I wrote late year. Then ask them to go to and send me an email at [email protected] I want to hear from them.

The tuition is $1,000 for a 3-day class for those schools and districts who have the training budget for a class like FASTER. We also have scholarships available. We never want anyone to miss out on FASTER training due to the budget constraints of their school or district.

One thing we know about school shootings is that they will happen again. If it does happen at your school, will you be prepared?

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I am a proud, law abiding owner of firearms, but I have a problem talking about the “next school shooting”. This shouldn’t become something we think is inevitable, or that can’t be stopped from happening. As far as arming teachers, that also is problematic. Teachers are there to teach, not be cops. When the adrenaline starts to flow, and your focus narrows, there is an opportunity for an accidental shooting, that would be just as tragic and senseless as a school shooting. Prevent the tragedy, instead of preparing for it.

Greg Herman

in my school district the school board is fighting against the Constitution of the United States. Parents/teachers/staff are not allowed to protect children. Our school board has put targets on our children. It is my hope before the next school year starts the Michigan Supreme Court will return our rights, will allow parents and guardians the right to protect our children. The people who put targets on our children should be thrown in jail for a very long time. When I was a kid, gun safty was tought in schools, now our schools put our children in harms way.


So they’re free to cane or paddle the unruly kids?


They are at my kid’s school. I got paddled there a few times myself. 🙂

Of course, it isn’t a public school, where they don’t want to hurt a criminal kids feelings, like Broward Co., FL, – letting it escalate instead of protecting the other kids.


I think Gil might be on to something. Firearm ownership and training for everyone.
Imagine the odds of someone planning to shoot up a school if they hear the teachers running a bit firing range?
Gil, you are usually dead wrong, but I really like your idea of universal gun ownership and training.

John Longenecker

I had some business in our courthouse and a bystander fell to the floor in a heart attack. The courthouse is next to Fire Headquarters. As a former first responder, I handled the incident, but had words for the head of the court and our County Supervisor when the arrival of assets was over ten minutes. My suggestion is the same as it has been for the last forty years: train one out of ten employees in CPR and First-aid to respond in-house within 60 seconds. Their response to my report was that the courthouse is next to the Fire… Read more »


Well shucks it’s the students who should be trained and carrying. When a shooter goes into a classroom he just as to target the one or two adults in the room. If the children are armed each room now has 20+ armed people.

Wild Bill

@Gil, Do you engage in verbal discussions with your friends (if any) in the same truncated, stilted, manner as you discuss things, here?


Gil spews another load of idiocy and moronic trollop.


Why do you want dead, defensive children?


Au contraire, a century ago most children were capable of handling firearms and knew how to shoot.