Lubbock ISD partnering with first responders in active shooter s

Lubbock ISD partnering with first responders in active shooter simulation

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For school districts across the nation, safety is paramount.

Lubbock ISD is taking action before an emergency happens, partnering with city and county first responders.

Specifically, they will simulate active shooter scenarios June 10. 

Lubbock ISD Police Chief Jody Scifres said in order to get the most out of this exercise, it will be as real as possible.

"They can see what it looks like and how it plays out. That way in a real emergency, we'll be that much more prepared," Scifres said.

The district's school safety director, Stacy Carter, said many of these incidents happen because schools are not prepared until the emergency happens. 

"You can't foresee everything that's going to happen in an incident, but the more prepared you are, the more willing you are to make decisions in the moment based on the situations that arise," Carter said.

One element of this exercise: Reunification. 

She said that is why parents need to get involved and sign up for the program, so everyone is on the same page. 

"That is kind of one of the missing pieces. We do a lot of training with our staff and students because they're in our care every day, but we really want to get parents involved so they know what to expect in case of an emergency and we have to move their kids to a different location," Carter said.

While these situations can be spontaneous, Chief Scifres said it never hurts to be ready. 

"We know that when you do that ahead of time, if something ever was to happen, then it would go a whole lot smoother," Scifres said.

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