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LPHS hosts active shooter drill

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Staff and community members participated in a large active shooter drill on March 18th, a student eLearning day.

Participants received experience in handling a lifelike crisis.

“The purpose of the drill is to identify gaps and deficiencies in training, resources, and manpower in the event of a mass casualty in the community. We (first responders) do this by conducting such drills which give us more of a feel for how a true mass casualty might look,” Marvin McCoy, LPHS Student Resource Officer, said.

The drill involved many local agencies in an effort to educate and train as many individuals as possible in handling a situation such as an active shooter. The drill involved a mock shooter and casualties for EMS and La Porte hospital to evaluate availability and response time.

“ LaPorte County EMS, LaPorte County EMA (emergency management), Homeland Security, LaPorte County Police [and their SWAT team], LaPorte City Police,  Michigan City Police [and their SWAT team], LaPorte City Fire Dept., Michigan City Fire Dept., and LaPorte County Regional 911 [were all involved]. Other area law enforcement agencies sent a member or two to observe,” McCoy said.

The drill aimed to educate not only first responders but school corporation officials as well.

“This drill gave school officials insight into how law enforcement would react and where we would be needed if a situation ever were to happen. We also can take a better look at our communication plans, exit plans, and it allowed us to develop our active threat response plan even more,” Kris Staats, LPHS administrator, said.

The desired outcome of any training such as this one is preparation for the future. The large participation in this drill will not only allow first responders to plan for an event but administrators at the school level as well.

“Updated training and drills for students and staff will be more beneficial in the future after gaining new knowledge from this drill,” Staats said.

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