More than five years before a 19-year-old former student killed 17 at the Florida school, Pastor Larry Allen, a a superintendent in Albuquerque, New Mexico, took a radical approach to preparing his school for potential gun violence.
In a Season One episode of VICE on HBO, correspondent Thomas Morton visited Allen’s school, the New Life Baptist Academy, to talk to the pastor, a former cop, and his wife about the training they require students undergo.
In addition to active shooter training for every student from kindergarten through 12th grade, a group of select upperclassmen also receive tactical training, designed to help them stop a gunman. They’re called the Pastor’s Warriors.
New Life Baptist Academy’s 20 teachers also have at least five loaded handguns divvied up between them.