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Union Grove school using kits to treat bullet wounds

Posted: 7:21 AM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 11:29:28-05
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UNION GROVE -- A different kind of first-aid kit may soon be in your child's school.

It is not for bumps or scrapes, but wounds from a bullet, knife or even a bomb.

Union Grove Elementary School in Southeast Wisconsin is making sure every classroom has a citizenAID kit.

"It's a very emotional thing. It's not something you want to be preparing for," said Tom Hansen, assistant principal for Union Grove Elementary.

The kits are now in every classroom to protect more than 800 students there.

By the end of January, their teachers will be trained on something they hope they will never need to use.

"Trying is better than doing nothing," Hansen said.

Father Blake Luedtke has a second- and sixth-grader who attend Union Grove Elementary. The Army veteran understands how crucial this training is. "I don't think our schools are a battle zone but they potentially could be, and we need to be ready for that."

Math teacher Melanie Reichert says this effort is even more personal to her. "I also have grandchildren in the building, so I wanna make sure that what we have in place protects them as well as myself."
She adds, "Never did I think beginning in my career that I would be training to take care of intruders or possible shooters."

School safety grants helped cover the costs of these kits.

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