Local police put school’s security measures to the test

School shooting training

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) - The Marked Tree School District does not take the thought of an active shooter lightly.

On Wednesday, administrators invited law enforcement to attend a lock down drill at the high school.

Region 8 News got an inside look on what Principal Matt Wright said was practiced like a real-life scenario.

"When Sandy Hook occurred it was another wake-up call," Wright said. "Since then we have been doing these lock down procedures."

Teachers quickly led the students to their secret safe place, locked the doors, and turned the lights off.

Staff are told they cannot answer the door for anyone, even police.

They went banging on doors, putting them to the test.

The all-clear was given when administration unlocked the door from the outside.

Wright said they do these drills to always be prepared, but hopes it never becomes a reality.

"To think that someone would come in and start shooting kids, it's the worst nightmare for any of the administrators," Wright said. "I'm not abnormal. We all feel that way. If it was to happen, I would like to think that we are prepared. I hope we never find out."

Wright said after Wednesday's drill, the police department will get together and evaluate what they saw.

"They checked all classroom doors, looked for possible entrances and exits, and they'll give us feedback and identify any security weaknesses." Wright said.

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