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Volunteers receive active shooter training

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield County trained almost 100 volunteers Wednesday night on what to do in an active shooter situation.

The volunteers are already trained to help folks in a fire, during a robbery and now they know how to react or help if a shooter enters a Chesterfield office or school.

"You never think it can happen to you but it's happened too many times," said Anthony Squires. He's in charge of his neighborhood watch.

Squires also has three kids in the Chesterfield school system so it's not just his neighborhood he's concerned about.

"From the workplace to high school, middle school, elementary school you're always thinking about those things," said Squires.

That's exactly what Richmond parents were thinking about Wednesday after hearing that a parent walked into Clark Springs Elementary School with a 16-inch knife. He told school officials he "forgot" it was on him. While Richmond Schools security doesn't believe anyone was in harm, it's concerned with what it's calling a "security breach."

"Security breaches will not be tolerated," said Shannon Scott, the Chief of Security for Richmond Public Schools. "Appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken."

The situation at Clark Springs could have escalated quickly. Now, the volunteers say they can help themselves and others if the worst-case scenario ever falls on them.

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