It's been five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. A tragic event that killed 20 children and 6 staffers in Newtown when a man entered the school and shot them before shooting himself.

In a statement from the San Angelo district spokesperson we are reminded that this tragedy affects us still today.

Director of Communications Derrick Jackson saying 'the district has gone through two safety audits in recent years, our campuses participate in drills, and our law enforcement agencies have conducted response training on several of our campuses.'

Sergeant Justin Baker says part of that training involves preparing students and staff for the worst possible scenarios.

“Yes, we're going to have a much quicker response time, the average is going to be about 3 minutes for an active shooter situation but in those 3 minutes we want to give civilians the best training,” said Baker.

He adds that an easy way to react is to "A.D.D"; or 'Avoid' 'Deny' and 'Defend.'

He adds this training does not prevent shootings but it helps save lives.

“It’s unfortunate that this type of training is relevant today, but although we hope and pray that it’ll never happen we can’t just rely on that solely. We've got to be prepared,” said Baker.