A normal school day can quickly turn chaotic as someone armed and dangerous enters the building. This scary reality is why Greenbrier County Schools are being proactive in training.
Faculty and staff, along with law enforcement from across the county, took part in a simulation training at Greenbrier East High School on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Robert Workman, a Sargent with West Virginia State Police, said with the number of mass shootings continuing to rise, everyone needs a plan of action.
“You know it has come to the point where this is the norm in our society. We see this nearly every day,” Workman said.
Greenbrier County Schools are using an app called Campus Shield. The app downloaded on all cell phones and desktop computers allows faculty to alert law enforcement and the superintendent when there is an emergency.
As part of the training, a gunman entered the building shooting blanks, teachers began sending alerts using their safety app, and law enforcement were alerted, following procedure like they would if the situation were real.
Greenbrier County Sheriff, Bruce Sloan, said the training also serves for law enforcement to sharpen their skills.
“Obviously the purpose of this is to determine any deficiencies we have in our responses, that way we can correct those in the event we would actually have to respond,” Sloan said.
Students also acted as if they needed medical attention, even calling in an air e-vac helicopter for transport.
Superintendent for Greenbrier County Schools, Jeff Bryant, said seeing so many students eager to be involved in the active shooter training is amazing.
“So, to have students who are proactive, want to be apart of this, I think speaks volumes about the maturity of these students, and their awareness of what’s taking place in society,” Bryant said.
Students and faculty agree it is best to be proactive rather than reactive. Law enforcement hopes to continue the active shooter training at every school in the county.