Local Police Train for School Shootings
BRISTOL, Va. – In the event of a school shooting, police play it differently now – they go in quickly and forcefully, find the shooter and put him down.
As a day-long police drill at Bristol Virginia’s John S. Battle High School proved Tuesday, tactics have changed since school shootings in recent years. And with the first school year about to begin after the April 16 Virginia Tech shootings, area police are practicing their response to an active shooter situation.
"Typically, an officer is trained to take cover if there is an active shooter, but in a school, you’ve got to go in right away. Every second is critical," said Doug Cooley, director of the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Bristol Virginia.(LINK)
That sounds like a plan to me. After years of calling for back up and waiting, they will now attack. Police waited over a half hour at Columbine. Please dont take this wrong, but if this new change in tactics can save lives in the future, then something positive may result in the Virginia Tech tragedy.
I pray that they find comfort for their pain.
Doug Scales, training coordinator for the drill, said some officers at Tuesday’s drill were at Virginia Tech on April 16.
"They said the hardest part was stepping over dead bodies and hearing [the victims’] cell phones going off," Scales said.
"They’re going to hear those rings for the rest of their lives."