February 6th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Action film star to lead school shooting response exercise

By CNN staff

(CNN) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s team will participate in a simulated school shooting as a training exercise, with help from a special celebrity guest, according to a statement.

Along with instructors, actor Steven Seagal will lead the simulation, to take place in the Arizona county on Saturday, February 9.

Seagal, who has made a name for himself headlining action movies such as “Above the Law” and Under Seige,” will help educate 40 armed volunteers on room-entry tactics and hand-to-hand tactics, the statement says.

It's one of several new school security events and strategies districts across the country are trying after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Read the full post on CNN's Marquee blog

What do you think? Is it helpful to have star power, or distracting from real issues of school security? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. samniederhelman

    I'm all for this. Instead of standing around and "hoping" some sort of change happens, Sheriff Joe is being proactive and doing something about it.

    February 7, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  2. mrmattpieroni

    Reblogged this on Mr. Matt Pieroni (per-row-knee) and commented:
    Living in Arizona and learning about Sheriff Joe over the past few years this comes as little surprise to me. At first, I thought it was purely a publicity stunt until I read further and realized it was Seagal and is only 94% publicity stunt (since he actually is trained in many areas of combat and protection.

    I am a proponent of most of Sheriff Joe's tactics, this being one of them, aside from any unlawful racial profiling. Anything to help the situation that we are presented with right now with guns and mental illness in the country can't hurt. Now, will this actually be useful... who really knows. I do know that any argument of putting guns in school teachers hands is the wrong argument to follow.

    February 7, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • Nate

      First of all the racial profiling charges against The department were politically motivated and dropped. Secondly, if you had volunteer teachers with training that were not allowed to disclose they had guns.... It would definitely be a deterrent. Obviously not every teacher has the right mindset to shoot someone. As to the training program... Go Joe!

      February 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm |