Active shooter drill tests Choctaw Nation Childcare Center safety measures
DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- The Choctaw Nation puts new safety measures into action at its childcare center.
An active shooter training drill was held at the Child Development building Monday in Durant.
The children were asleep for nap time on Monday during the training drill -- unaware that every door in the center was locked simultaneously with the touch of a button.
It's part of a three part system, including bulletproof door panels and door glass.
"It brought tears to my eyes," Sage Dyer said. "It's the best thing to know that these kids are not going to go through the trauma that others have gone through."
Dyer, a member of the Choctaw Nation who is the inventor of the safety doors, said she came up with the idea after an influx of shootings in California.
“Everybody was talking about mental health legislation and better gun control and those are all great things but it wasn’t stopping the bullets,” Dyer said. “And no one was addressing how to stop the bullet from entering the classroom. And then my nephew went into lockdown at his school.”
Jamie Whorton works at the center, which her 2-year-old daughter attends.
“I am so thankful because I just don’t know what I would do if anything ever happened to her,” Whorton said.
Whorton said despite not being a tribal member, she feels like she and her daughter are protected like one of their own.
Center supervisor Lauren Scott said the idea of a school shooting has weighed heavy on her mind in recent times.
“And every time I do see something on the news, you know, about some children that were hurt at school or something it does make me think first about this center and what I would do and what actions and steps I would take to protect my staff and the children,” Scott said.
The Choctaw Nation tells us they plan to outfit at least three more centers with this new technology.