District Prepares for Dangerous Situations
They are the situations school district police hope they never have to face.
A shooting inside a school with several victims waiting for help.
Today Laredo ISD police teamed up with district leaders, teachers, and students to prepare for all types of serious situations.
And in light of recent mass shootings across the nation, the LISD Police Department says preparation is key to ensure the safety of students.
A chaotic scene in the hallways of a school as students lay injured and others run from the gunfire.
“It was a student on student incident involving a boyfriend and girlfriend breakup.”
Although extremely tense, the entire ordeal is only a drill.
A drill the district takes very seriously.
Victor Mora is the crisis management officer.
“The entire school is in lockdown we are waiting for police to arrive.”
“It’s been only like two minutes but it seems like an eternity.”
Within minutes police arrive, making their way through the school, not knowing where the shooter is.
They are confronted with the suspect, still with gun in hand.
One of the people watching the drill is Tom Kelley.
He's a representative from the Texas School Safety Center.
“The legislature asks that schools do drills and more and more are. Not everyone is doing as in dept drills as Laredo Independent School district is but we do see an increase.”
He couldn't say for sure if recent mass shootings across the county are pushing Texas school districts to have more drills like this one but says the shootings certainly have most thinking about what we would do if something like this happened here.
“It was intense when they came in because they made it look like it was real like they were really going to do something to me.”
“I felt it being so real it was realistic for them and for us.”
District leaders say the fake guns and fake blood help build a realistic scenario that gets adrenaline going.
“We train for the worst possible situation and train for the best.”
The officers will train for all types of situations even including hostile parents and attempted suicides to make sure they’re prepared for anything that comes their way.
The representative from the Texas School Safety center could not tell us about what he observed but did say that LISD has one of the more "in-dept" drills in the state.
He says drills like today’s are very beneficial for districts.