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Teacher says training helped him manage dangerous situation

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Bobby Tanner credits emergency intruder training for his quick thinking during a shooting at Burger King Wednesday night.

Tanner is a math teacher at Barnweel Institute in Hinesville. He says the school makes all of the staff take training classes on how to handle a crisis situation.

"Everybody was just standing kind of shocked, and I turned around and I realized that we need to be leaving, so I yelled 'hey, everybody get out here,'" said Tanner.

Tanner is also a veteran. He said the military and the training he got from the school has prepared him, but it's the school training that has proved to be more useful.

"When I was in the military, I probably would have tried to tackle him," Tanner said. "But since then, I know that that's not a good idea, the gun could go off. What I'm going to do if I'm trying to protect my students is try to get them to safety, and that's the first thing I thought about." 

Tanner said it's all about being able to stay cool under pressure, especially for teachers.

"When you deal with high school students like I do, you got to know how to stay calm and deal with it." 

But a shooting at a Burger King is the last thing Tanner was expecting. 

"You know, this was the last thing we were expecting," he said. 

According to police, the shooting was over an argument between two Burger King employees, Vincent Brantley and Gregory Fine. They say Brantley was yelling that fine threatened to shoot his house. Brantley turned himself into police when they arrived on the scene. 

Tanner is still shocked by the whole incident. He says while he could never truly be prepared, the emergency drills were without a doubt helpful. 

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