Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Johnston City Schools Prepare for Active Shooters
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- For the first time this school-year districts in the area prepared for the possibility of an active shooter on campus.
All law enforcement in Williamson County now have a standard set of protocol about how they respond to an active shooter. The Sheriff's department worked with Johnston City Police Friday. They trained school officials on the changes, which could save time and lives.
"They're gonna have to take action to protect kids and themselves," Lieutenant Carl Threlkeld said.
Dozens of teachers and school officials gathered at Johnston City High School for Friday's drill. They're all on the front lines if an active shooter were to enter a school.
"They're thinking about it. You can see it in their eyes. A lot of them are upset. It's part of the learning curve of this," explained Threlkeld.
Law enforcement grouped everyone into teams and sent them different locations. They sat in classrooms, acting as students in a lecture, until a shooter came to the door and shot rounds.
"It makes your heart race, makes you want to panic," Monique Grizzell said, "brought up a lot of questions, but I think it relieved a lot insecurities and anxieties people have."
They hope for the best, while prepared for the worst. Police say this is a gradual process and every drill will become more and more realistic. They haven't set a date for the next drill, but it may be done quarterly.
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