Active Shooter Drill Prepares Wink-Loving ISD for Worst 2/15/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 15, 2013
Wink – It’s something school districts across the state have been undertaking since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Active shooter drills are meant to educate not just teachers, but law enforcement as well on how a shooter behaves and what can be done to save lives.
Today Wink-Loving ISD held a drill of their own and CBS 7 got a rare chance to patrol the halls with local law enforcement today.
In the event of a school shooting, studies show that every fifteen seconds, one person is shot.
Today's drill was to see how fast Wink-Loving schools could go into lockdown and how quickly law enforcement could respond, because studies show every second counts.
Local law enforcement and school administrators in Wink were testing the schools safety procedures today.
"The more eyes you have on safety, the better you're going to be as far as seeing areas that need improvement," Dewitt Smith, Wink-Loving ISD Superintendent said.
Today they tested what safety procedures worked and what did not.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure their kids at school are safe," Winkler County Sheriff George Keely said.
Superintendent Smith says school security should be a community wide effort.
"To me school safety is something you do as a team," he said.
Sheriff Keely's men have been studying past mass shootings. They're taking those scenarios to prepare for the worst.
“In all of our cases we found 19 teachers rushed a gunman, 19 were shot. Seventeen of those died,” Sheriff Keely said.
No matter what the future holds for Wink-Loving ISD, they won't be going into it unprepared.
After today's drill, school administrators and local law enforcement met to discuss what worked and what they need to change.
They plan to have active-shooter drills periodically to continuously review their safety procedures.