POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 8:12pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:02pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Sadly, school shootings and other violence are more common these days, Just last week a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, and the threat of a bomb today at Harvard University. As a result, some Universities in East Texas are testing their security.
A mock scenario had been scheduled at University of Texas at Tyler Monday morning long before the tragedies this past week; a drill to prepare local law enforcement, and campus authorities for an "active shooter" situation on campus. Howard Patterson, Vice President of student affairs says, "It's meant to determine or help us learn what we do well and what we need to improve on should we have an actual campus emergency."
UT Student, Eric Hagood says, "I’m just glad they are taking security seriously because you never know when something like that could happen." Fellow student, Kenzie Masterson says, "I think that it's very helpful because earlier in the semester we had a threat to our gym."
With security on everyone’s minds in the wake of yet another school shooting just last week in Colorado, students say drills like this may help train authorities however, the students on campus should also know what to do in an emergency situation.
Hagood says everyone should get involved in the training, "I really wouldn't know what to do if something like that were to occur,” he said, "Maybe some students involved in these types of trainings just to kind of see what to do in that type of situation would be helpful." Masterson agrees, "I do think that we should train our teachers and our staff as well."
Materson says, “It could take police time to get to campus and creating a plan for the entire school population should be a priority, It does take them a little bit of time to get here I know they can get here as fast as they can but we're here now, with both of us getting at least the knowledge as to what to do if we need to stay in our classrooms if we need to go somewhere to a corridor, I think it would he helpful to know."
UT Tyler says this was the first “live” drill they performed, and they plan to have more “active shooter” drills in the future.