FRESNO, California (KSEE) – It’s a chilling public service announcement that has gone viral, raising awareness about gun violence and mass shootings.
The Sandy Hook Promise released the video showing young students using everyday items like a backpack and sneakers to try to survive a school shooting.
Some excerpts from the video: “This year, my mom got me the perfect backpack for back to school,” “These colorful binders keep me organized,” “These sneakers are just what I needed for the new year.”
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But then it takes a gut-wrenching turn. A kid is seen using his new skateboard to break a window to escape, two others are seen waiting behind a door with school supplies in hand to use to take down the shooter.
“Where I sit in a classroom, I base it off if someone came in with a gun,” says Fresno resident Kara Trukki.
“That kids even have to think about that now, they shouldn’t have to worry about that,” says Clovis resident, Taylor Evans.
“I don’t feel like there should be that fear within our communities and within our school systems because school is a place where you should feel safe,” says Clovis North senior Zofia Trexler.
So far this school year, Fresno Unified investigated at least two school shooting threats made by students on social media.
“Those instances have been investigated, and thankfully they ended with no sort of shooting but those threats we take very seriously,” says Veva Islas, Fresno Unified School Board Member.
More mental health professionals will be in Fresno Unified schools starting this year.
Adding, “There are policies in place in terms of active shooter scenarios. Unfortunately, it means our students are going to have to run, they are going to have to hide, and they may in positions where they have to fight.”