Parkway e-News Story

New Intruder Training to Protect Students

The St. Louis County SWAT team has trained over 90 principals, teachers and staff this summer as part of a new intruder response program designed to protect our students.

Before school starts, all Parkway employees will participate in simulated intruder drills. This important training will help teachers educate themselves and ultimately our students during intruder drills this fall.

“It is unfortunate that it is something we have to do, but I think it’s important to make everyone feel comfortable, help them think about it and help them know how to respond to different situations to protect our students,” said Desi Kirchhofer, deputy superintendent.

On the first day of training, they learned about potential response options including evading, escaping or engaging an intruder. On day two, they ran through more potential scenarios.

“Being put into these situations causes you to really think about the place where you are every single day, but also helps me realize that wherever I am (if something were to happen), I can help,” said Jenny Marquart, principal, North High.

KMOV Channel 4 came to Parkway to learn more about this new intruder response program. Watch the story here.

Pictured (l to r): Patrick Wallace, Mason Ridge; Corey Zavorka, SWAT; Craig “the active shooter,” SWAT; Stephen Spear, SWAT; Berin Waller, Craig; Mike Schmerold, Mason Ridge; Jami DeBosch, Bellerive; Bill Senti, Craig; Rene Sommers, Green Trails; Aaron Wills, Claymont; Mike Fumagalli, SWAT.