(WBIR - Knoxville) As training continues for nearly four dozen new school security officers, Thursday they learned how to defend themselves and others.
On Monday we showed you the officers learning about drug recognition. Thursday, they picked up some pads and learned self-defense tactics.
"It allows them to protect themselves and it allows them the opportunity to do what it is they need to do, minimize any risk to a student or a parent," said Knox County Schools Chief of Security Gus Paidousis.
Paidousis says the officers worked hard through the intensive and exhaustive training.
The 47 new officers and more experienced officers are in the third week of a five-week training program.
The district initially hired 58 officers, but the district has cut some during training.