School district practices armed intruder training
No one wants to imagine an armed intruder domineering his way through the halls of the Bowling Green R-I Schools, but that’s just what happened last Tuesday, with a little help from local law enforcement.
After the early dismissal on Tuesday, March 11, teachers and 34 students from drama and speech classes remained on campus for an intruder training exercise.
Representatives from the Bowling Green Police Department and Pike and Ralls County Sheriff Departments were on site to aid in the training.
Shortly after 1 p.m., officers dressed as intruders shot blanks in the halls of the elementary, middle, and high schools while other officers responded to the attack. Teachers were instructed to “lock-down” their classes as they would if the situation were real.
Three members of the drama club posed as students locked out of the classrooms, running through the halls looking for an escape.
Superintendent Darin Powell said he wanted to make the drill appear and feel as real as possible. Those involved in the exercise will agree this goal was a success.
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Officers from the Bowling Green Police Department hurry down a hallway in search of the intruder.