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West Texas Schools Prepare for Shootings

School police chiefs in Midland and Ector County say they do numerous drills throughout the year, training sessions and mock scenarios.
West Texas schools continue to prepare for shootings and emergencies.

School police chiefs in Midland and Ector County say they do numerous drills throughout the year, training sessions and mock scenarios.

“It’s just knowing that we will practice for something that hopefully will never happen,” Chief David Colburn with the Midland Independent School District Police said. “But you still have to prepare nonetheless.”

Unlike Tuesday’s school shooting in New Mexico, West Texas authorities do not encourage teacher to engage in negotiations with gunmen.

“We are never going to ask a teacher or an employee to put themselves in danger,” Chief Mark D. Rowden with the Ector County Independent School District Police said.

Chief Colburn agreed, and said Midland would prefer to keep teachers safe.

“We are never going to ask a teacher or an employee to put themselves in danger,” Colburn said. “But if it’s in the classroom they are pretty much going to have to do what they feel is in the best interest to
keep students safe.”

W.D. Noel Elementary School teacher Brandy Dugger said she has received proper training and hopes to respond properly if a shooting were to happen.

“I feel the district does its best to prepare, and we always with that nothing like that happens,” Dugger said. “But if something like that happens I have enough training to hopefully deal with it properly.”

To be prepared, Colburn suggests keeping classroom doors locked, closing the school’s exterior doors and being aware of surroundings and strangers.

“I think over the years people are starting to realize that it could happen here,” Colburn said.

But despite being prepare, he admitted that every situation is different and could be unpredictable.

“You never know how someone is going to react in a situation that is very dangerous,” he said.



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