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Teachers sign up for self-defense classes in wake of school shooting

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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

Martial arts instructor Ryan Hoover had a different kind of student in a special self-defense class Saturday. Almost all of them were teachers.

Hoover says interest has spiked in the classes since the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting in December.

He started the "Safer Campus Now Workshop" which took place at the West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club. Hoover says it's about giving teachers options if an active shooter situation arises.

"Once the intruder comes through the door, everybody in that classroom is really exposed," he said.

The teachers learned how to knock down a potential intruder and bring him to the ground. Hoover also had demonstrations with a man walking through a classroom with a pretend rifle.

Teachers who attended the class told us they want to be able to protect themselves and their students. "Gun violence is an increasingly common part of the situations we could encounter as teachers," said teacher Kelly Edwards.  "I just thought whatever I could do to make myself a little bit more knowledgeable is probably a good bet."

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