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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Dayton School Staff Gets GAP Training

Training provides strategies to defend against an armed school intruder


Michele Smith

Elementary secretary Jeannie Lyonnais took her turn with a T-ball bat during last week's Gap Training workshop for Dayton School District staff and administrators. Only 600 lbs. of pressure are required to cause physical harm to the thoracic region of the body. None of workshop attendees applied less than 1,500 lbs. of pressure from the swing of their bats, according to Trainer Jon Ladines.

DAYTON--Safety is at the top of the list for students and staff in the Dayton School District. And now staff and administrators are better prepared to keep a situation like the ones at Columbine, Colo. and Parkland, Fla. from happening.

Jon Ladines, owner of Force Dynamics, led GAP training workshop in how to use T-ball bats for classroom defense last week in the Dayton High School auditorium.

Why T-ball bats?

T-ball bats are considered by the FBI to be lethal weapons, said Ladines. "With the right training this is a phenomenal tool," he said.

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