‘It's My Job’ to Protect: Teachers Tell NBC Why They’re Learning to Shoot

Nicholas Fondacaro | November 18, 2019
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In an insightful segment during Monday’s NBC Nightly News, the network actually seemed to approach protecting schools from shooters with an open mind. Correspondent Gadi Schwartz joined a group of school teachers in Spanish Fort, Utah as they underwent firearms training with the local sheriff’s department, a new program they were running.

“Just days after yet another school shooting in America, tonight we want to show you teachers training for a life or death confrontation in the classroom,” anchor Lester Holt declared as the video portion on the segment began. “NBC's Gadi Schwartz on the internal struggle the teachers face.”

The first teacher Schwartz spoke with was Brenda Betteridge. After he noted her hands were still shaking from firing a pistol, she explained why it was so important for her and other teachers to learn how to shoot: “You see, a gunman with a young child. You know, this has got to count.

Schwartz questioned if she had it in her to stop a student she knew. Betteridge told him you had to think of everyone else.


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