ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting and the church stabbing here in Albuquerque, one local school is preparing its students to be ready for an attack.
They practice drills they hope never actually happen at the New Life Baptist Academy.
In one, a gunman is holding up students in a classroom - and the security team gets ready to go in.
"We don't want the students to be afraid or paranoid," said Pastor Larry Allen, superintendent at the school. "We want them to understand, there's a proper fear - everybody should have a fear that somebody could come in with a weapon."
The volunteer security team, made up of current and ex-cops and members of the military, practices the drills every few months.
They want to be ready in case anything should happen at their church or school.
Fifteen students are part of a volunteer team called "Warriors." They train once a week to take down a gunman.
"I stand at the door. If someone comes through the door, we try to take them down and someone will come and help us," said student Jasmine Jaramillo. "It kind of is putting myself in harms way. But I'm protecting everybody else."
Younger students are trained to hide and not say a word.
The Academy's practices were recently featured on the HBO show "Vice."
Critics who were interviewed on the program chalked it all up to paranoia.
Allen says recent events in Albuquerque show that it's not.
"Maybe the idea was, 'It doesn't happen'," he said. "And what happens Sunday? A guy stabs two or three people...So that's not paranoia. That's not fear. It's happening more than you think."
Allen says the drills don't increase fear and anxiety - they decrease it.
"The kids say, 'I know what to do.' So anytime you know what to do, there's not the fear of the unknown," he said.
This is the church that Kim Holland featured On Special Assignment last year - because Allen packs a gun at the pulpit.
The Academy does use some real guns for the drills. The guns are double- and triple-checked to make sure they're not loaded. Volunteers are also trained to never point the guns – real or fake – at students.
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