Lubbock ISD conducts school shooter simulation with first respon

Lubbock ISD conducts school shooter simulation with first responders, staff

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

13 school shootings have already occurred this year, prompting school districts like Lubbock ISD to be more prepared than ever before. This is why the district conducted an active shooter simulation at Lubbock High Monday morning. 

The first step of this school shooter training exercise: Evacuation.

Lubbock ISD Police Chief Jody Scifres said this realistic simulation is the only way to do this exercise because the evacuation phase creates chaos. 

"If you've never seen it before or you've never dealt with it, there's always that chance of a slow, lethargic response kind of like being unsure, and we know that when people have been through a real-life, close as you can get to scenario, they will respond better," Scifres said.

The next step of the full-scale simulation: Control.

Interim Lubbock Police Chief Jerry Brewer said it takes all of the local first responders to work together to control the scene and environment for everyone's safety. 

"Lubbock is kind of like an island, and unlike the Metroplex that has multiple departments everywhere, we only have each other here. We have to work well together, and fortunately, we have some great relationships already in place. It just makes it so much easier when we're doing exercises like this that everybody knows how everybody is going to react and how well we can easily communicate with each other as things come up," Brewer said.

This then leads to the final step: Transport to re-unification. 

Lubbock ISD School Security Director Stacy Carter said safety is the clear priority in all of this, and part of that is getting students back to their parents.  

"In the event that an actual one is called, people just kind of know based on the practices they've done and what to do. It's the same thing with our reunification teams. At the end of the day, safety is our number one priority, and we just have to make sure our babies go home with the people they're supposed to," Carter said.

Carter added the district plans on doing more of these training exercises this year, with the goal staying the same: Having a plan before catastrophe strikes.

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