School Shooting Training in Midland Helps Students, Teachers and Police

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's every parent's worst nightmare, hearing a shooter has entered your child's school. Would your child be prepared? Would the police know what to do? On Thursday, Midland authorities were training for just for that.

"In the past 50 years, no student had died in a fire but in the past 20 we know how many have been gotten killed in school shootings. These are the drills we really need to be practicing," MISD Police Chief, David Colburn, said.

All area law enforcement was on hand for the training at Midland Freshmen High School. They wanted to make sure all agencies were on the same page in case something like Virginia Tech or Columbine were to happen here in Midland.

"In a situation like this, we might not get one agency group together to make entry on that person. It's going to be a joint effort so we need to make sure that everyone involved is doing the same thing at the same time," Colburn said.

During Thursday's scenarios everything they used was real, the school, the students and the guns.

"It's real easy to watch a video on a scenario like this, but to actually do it and hear the sounds and see the motion. It's more realistic and we know that in real life we will conduct ourselves as we have trained," Colburn said.

Although some people are doubtful that something like this could happen in Midland. The real surprise is it already has.

"We did have an incident where a firearm was used in 1994 at Lee High School however due to the quick thinking of an administrator, no one was injured. Of course, that was five years before Columbine so we have to prepare and be ready for these events," Colburn said.

Even though it was all pretend, students still felt the reality of it all.

"We had to stay calm and make sure we draw less attention to the shooter and just be quiet. It was really scary, we were all scared," Midland Student, Amber Colburn, said.

But as they say, practice makes perfect, and the more hands on experience they get the better it is for everyone involved.

"If I was ever in a situation like that I feel like I would know what to do. I just feel more secure about it," Amber Colburn, said.

"These things have occurred and most likely will occur again in the future and we must be prepared," Colburn said.

Law enforcement agencies have done drills like this in the past but not for the last two years. From now on, they expect to have one every year.