Realistic Active Shooter Drill at Titusville High School
It's been more than a year since that devastating shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
And ever since, school districts all over the country have been re-evaluating their security standards, and making sure districts are prepared in the event a mass shooting were to happen in their schools.
Friday, that included the Titusville School District, where a large-scale active shooter drill took place, benefiting both the school district and first responders in Crawford County.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where teachers and law enforcement have to prepare for an active shooting situation, but being prepared, is the best way to save lives.
Officers responded to the call of an active shooter inside Titusville High School Friday morning, with multiple causalities.
A scenario as realistic as it gets, with emergency first responders also at the scene, helping the injured gunshot victims, “I think that having it as realistic as possible gave them a good feeling, I'm sure some of them got anxious and maybe even scared, and I think that's a good thing,” said Karen Jez, Superintendent of the Titusville Area School District. “That fear helps them really think through, and keep their minds on how to react and keep our students safe,” Jez continued.
Titusville police, along with regional and state law enforcement agencies responded as they would, if this were a real situation, “We're aware that it's a training drill, but it still brings a certain amount of anxiousness with it, because we want to perform as best as we can,” said Titusville Police Chief Dustin Legoullon.
This was a community-wide active shooter drill, in the works for nearly a year.
State Police Troopers trained the teachers on how to fight back, and what gunshots would sound like inside the school building.
They also trained the law enforcement officers on the proper way to respond, eliminate the threat, and save lives, “If you don't practice, you're not going to have that plan, you're not going to know what to do if this were to occur,” said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Cindy Schick. “So, it's very important that the schools get involved, they interact with law enforcement, and make sure first responders can get into the school, know the layout of the school, and have that good relationship with the school,” Schick continued.
Erie News Now was also a part of Friday's training exercise.
Following the drill, police and school administrators addressed the media, as they would following an active shooter situation.
It allowed all of us to learn the best way to work together to allow the media to get accurate information out to the public, as quickly as possible.