Coal County law enforcement and emergency crews respond to active shooter simulation


COAL COUNTY, OK -- Recent school shootings have shocked parents and law enforcement across the country and now many of them are taking action. Monday Coal County law enforcement held its first ever active shooting simulation at one of its schools to help them prepare for the worst. Kristen Shanahan was there to watch officers response to the scenario first hand. We want to remind you the images seen in the video are not from a real emergency. It was just a drill.

"This is something that you pray never happens, but you train for if it does happen," Coal County Sheriff Bryan Jump said.

Monday's simulation was centered around the scenario of an angry father who walked into Coalgate High School wanting to see his daughter.

"The shooter entered the school around 10:15 and began threatening the teachers and the students it was based around the custody of his daughter," Emergency Manager Aaron Blue said.

"We had no idea what the scenario was," Jump said.

"We had initial units on scene very quickly," Blue said.

From the time the first 911 call went out it took the first responding team just three minutes and 29 seconds to eliminate the threat.

"Took the shooter out and then cleared the building and then EMS came in and took the patients," Jump said.

About 50 students, teachers and staff took part in the simulation. Jarad Stephens was one of the students pretending to hide out waiting for rescue.

"It was not fun sitting there hearing everybody scream and not being able to do anything about it," Stephens said.

Principal Chris Hall also played a role in the drill.

"They staged it well and it was a surprise," Hall said. "We're supposed to do active shooter drills anyway and we felt like if we involved our local law enforcement and EMS then it would just make it that much more realistic."

"Makes it very realistic. Proves it could happen anywhere and better be prepared," Stephens said.

During Monday's simulation News 12's cameras were not allowed inside the school doors so tactics that law enforcement used would not be revealed.

"You don't want them knowing what we're going to do when we go in," Jump said.

After the simulation there were two debriefing meetings. One for participating students and faculty and another for first responders. The goal of the meetings was to figure out how they could improve response.

"We'll keep at our school security meetings and we'll keep working on our weak points and keep our training up," Jump said.

For a first time drill of this caliber, emergency officials say overall they were happy with the response.


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