On Friday, Oct. 4th, the teachers and staff of Carrier Mills-Stonefort schools got a small taste of the worst nightmare any teacher could have, a school-shooter scenario.
Saline County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerod Campbell conducted a seminar to prepare the faculty of the grade and high schools for the decisions and actions they would have to take in the event of an in-school shooting situation.
Beginning with a vividly graphic training video depicting the possible events that might occur during a school shooting, Campbell walked the faculty through the numerous factors that they would have to face in this situation.
Repeatedly stressing that mental preparation beforehand was vitally important; Campbell covered such topics as fight or flight, school lock-down duration, handling the psychological and physical welfare of the students during the event, materials to have stored in the classroom to make the lock-down period more tolerable and what would happen when police came to the classroom to evacuate the students, in blunt, explicit, no-nonsense terms.
Following a short break, Campbell then conducted a drill to familiarize the teachers with the actual course of action the police would follow when securing a classroom. With the assistance of Carrier Mills Police Chief Rubright and Carrier Mills Police Officers Billy Duncan, Clay Brinkley and Shawn Turner, Campbell entered the room, clearing and securing it exactly as would be done in the event of an actual shooting situation.
During the seminar, it was obvious that the faculty were deeply impacted by this sobering education in the practical realities of the procedures they would have to follow to protect their students and themselves in the event of this dreaded situation occurring in Carrier Mills.