SAN MARCOS (KXAN) - Some of the people whose lives changed forever in recent school shootings were teaching other teachers how to be prepared in central Texas on Sunday.
Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center is holding its active shooter response conference this week.
This year, it features a new session focusing on educators.
"[I hope the presentations will] give us some clues or some information that we may not get from just any and everybody that may be a great benefit for us," said Coy Holcombe, superintendent of Eustace, Texas ISD.
John-Michael Keyes was one of the presenters. In 2006, he got a text from his daughter he'll never forget. A gunman went into the Platte Canyon High School in Colorado.
"While [my daughter] was held hostage she was able to send a text message 'I love you guys' and ultimately [the gunman] shot and killed my daughter Emily," said Keyes.
So Keyes started the I Love U Guys Foundation . It developed a protocol for schools to respond.
Keyes also had a message for parents.
"I think it's okay for parents to talk to kids about some of the things that can happen at school," Keyes said.
Teachers like Natalie Hammond, who survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, also spoke.
"We never thought this was going to happen in our building," Hammond said. "We need to be aware."
More information about the 2013 ALERRT Conference can be found here.
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