School partners with law enforcement to train for active shooter

Active shooter training held in Harrisburg
Brandon Craig (Source: KAIT-TV)
Brandon Craig (Source: KAIT-TV)

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - The week before school means kids are preparing for classes, teachers are preparing lesson plans, and, unfortunately, school districts are preparing for something they hope never happens.

Harrisburg Public Schools teamed up with the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department and Harrisburg police Wednesday to make sure teachers are as ready as they can be in case of an active shooter situation.

For two days, teachers have been learning what to do in different scenarios with active shooters and how to correctly stop bleeding.

It's not something High School Principal Brandon Craig ever wanted to have to do, but he said it's better to be safe than sorry.

"It's not fun, it's probably one of the worst parts of the job just trying to make sure that your students and your teachers are safe," Craig said. "It's sad that we have to spend two days of training on something like this the week before school starts."

Craig said this is the first year the school has partnered with law enforcement for this level of training, but it won't be the last.

And that's not the only new security measure the school has in place this year.

Craig said the school district has installed 10 new security cameras, a security door at the high school and new check-in procedures.

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