A New Jersey school is considering funding 30 additional self-defense classes for educators, the Advertiser News is reporting.

On June 10, the Lafayette Township School Board of Education heard the request for more self-defense classes, which many faculty and staff have asked for in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The school board initially approved 30 self-defense sessions for the 2013-14 school year.

According to the Advertiser News, the program is offered by Blue Titan Fitness, which is run by Eric Basek. Basek has experience as a police officer, SWAT team member, and firearms, active shooter, and self-defense instructor. The course utilizes Krav Maga techniques to teach school faculty and staff how to physically and mentally prepare for a school shooting.

“It is a life-changing experience,” art teacher Karen Johnson said. “I had some doubt that I could do this, I am older, a smaller height, never had a fight, and not terribly fit. Eric used a lot of techniques physically and mentally that worked for us as teachers. We need your help, we need to continue our sessions, and to continue to keep the children safer. If I am going to die, I might as well do it while trying.”

“There seems to be a lot of interest amongst board members,” Lafayette Chief School Administrator Dave Astor said. “We are looking into finding line items that we can allocate the funds for the program and I believe that we will be able to find those funds.”

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