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School takes part in shooter drill

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013


Photo by Toni Steffens-Steward Corporal Ivan Garcia explains what staff members can expect to see during the 'active shooter' training at Monte Vista High School.


District works with PD to keep kids safe



MONTE VISTA— Monte Vista Police Officers went to the high school last Wednesday for an active shooter training.

The department trains regularly for many different kinds of emergency situations, but Chief Jim Grayson said this training was unique in that they involved district staff members.

Principal Scott Wiedeman, along with other participants, thought that the training was a “very positive” experience for everyone.

Wiedeman believes the goal of the training is to “keep our students and teachers safe.” The training helped the staff to learn new things about how the police officers would handle a similar situation. He believes that it has “reinforced what they are doing already” and that the training is going to help.

District Superintendent Robert Webb said the training was fun for participants, but it did show staff members how intrusive the police presence could be. He hopes, as does Grayson, that they can do more training and include the other school buildings.

The high school was chosen for this training, because it is the largest building and because it is new. Grayson said that it is important for staff members to know what to expect in case of an emergency situation. He said that it can be difficult for teachers to see simulations of violent acts in the schools and that the training experience can be very intense for them.

Webb said the teachers were involved in the drill and actively participated in finding hiding places and showing the officers all of the “nooks and crannies of the building.”

The district does their own training including lock downs, lock out and evacuation training to help the students be better prepared and less likely to panic in case of a real emergency.

Webb said that security at the school will also be improved next year when the school resource officer will work in the district through the whole school day. He believes that officer will “help create an atmosphere that is more secure.”










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