Steven Seagal has just taken probably the most important role in his life: teaching a group of volunteer’s techniques on what to do in case of a school shooting.
Seagal had previously participated in events to fight against crime in the region as a deputy in Hudspeth, Texas, which borders with Mexico. And this new strategy was proposed by the controversial Sheriff of Maricopa Country, Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio said, “I want everyone to know that we will be around schools, and if anyone does something, we will be armed and enter the premises to save our children.”
Steven Seagal is an internationally recognized actor, who at 60 years old has dabbled in show business as a musician, martial arts expert and philanthropist.
Regarding the training, Seagal said, “They asked me to teach them because they know that I know some things that they don’t.”
Besides learning techniques on how to respond to a shooting, the volunteers were also trained on how to conduct a search in rooms of the building and other key points during a rescue.
At the event there were also about a dozen people outside of the school, who protested against the training because they feel that there should not be any weapons in schools, and criticized Arpaio for hiring an actor to teach methods on security.
Chad Campbell, who is the Arizona Democratic House Minority Leader, called the plan to use Seagal as an instructor "ludicrous."
"Steven Seagal is an actor. That's it. Why don't we also have Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris and Bruce Willis come out and train them too while we're at it," Campbell said.
Joe Arpaio has been characterized by implementing various strict measures against illegal immigrants, which has led to several lawsuits. The trust in his group of volunteers has also been in question, because many of them have a criminal record.