An Odessa School Conducts Active Shooting Drill 8/22/13
CBS 7 News
ODESSA-Just two days after a shooting at an Atlanta Elementary School, an ECISD school is putting its preparedness to the test.
It’s eight in the morning ... two gunmen enter an elementary school ...shots are fired ... police are called to the scene.
This is the scenario played out this morning at Noel Elementary.
Today it was all just a drill, but ECISD Police, Odessa Firefighters and Medical Center Hospital all got a chance to work together in case this situation actually happens…which was the goal of ECISD's Police Chief Mark Rowden.
"We're ready, we have all the processes, we have all the equipment and we have all the people in place to be able to deal with that type of situation, in this case an active shooter," said Chief Rowden.
Today’s drill was made as realistic as possible so staff and students would know exactly what to expect. Students were even taken into the emergency room and treated as if they were real patients.
Chris Spangler was held as a hostage during the drill and says the event felt more realistic than he could ever imagine and feels better prepared.
"If I were one of the victims I would know what to do or how to get myself out of the situation, or if somebody I knew was the victim, I would know how to help them and get them out safely,” said Spangler.
Today’s drill was good practice for not only the students, but also the staff. Chief Rowden said everybody did a great job following the processes and commands.