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Posted: Dec 26, 2012 4:34 PM

Updated: Dec 26, 2012 4:38 PM

SAN JUAN - The San Juan Police Department will instruct teachers on how to react in case of a mass shooting or hostage situation.

The classes will be in reaction to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. A lone gunman on Dec. 14 killed 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The massacre raised questions about school security across the nation.

San Juan police said teachers will undergo specialized training to deal with shooters. They also will learn how to handle a hostage situation.

San Juan police and school officials said they want their employees to be prepared if a shooter enters any of their campuses.

"We know that there are very courageous teachers out there that are willing to put their life on the line ... to protect the children," San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.

"I think that our angle as law enforcement is to give them some options," Gonzalez said.

The hostage negotiation classes will begin on Jan. 7.

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