Atlanta ISD is preparing for the new school year with an active shooter drill. School leaders are taking additional steps to provide student safety.
Gunshots ring through the hallways of Atlanta Middle School.Teachers hide, run and are shot by air pellets.
“It’s very realistic and it’s one of those things you never think will happen at your school, but the reality is that it can,” said Matt Mcclure, Football Coach.
The active shooter shooter training ALICE stands for alert lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.”You want to evacuate. That’s number one. If he’s in your area. you want to barricade. you want to secure your doors,” Colby Boyce, School Principal.
The teachers are faced with three scenarios, acting as sitting ducks. Applying the active shooter response training and if a shooter opens fire in a classroom.
“There were some that got shot with the air pellets. They had to lay down and play dead. It was a very effective way to bring home the necessity for the training,” said Susan Greig, school teacher.
This year Atlanta ISD amped up security by having school resource officers on each campus and deputizing staff members.”It could be teachers it could be admin. It could be custodians. Just a different person. So the teachers won’t know who it is, but they know they’re going to be protected at all cost,” said Boyce.
These teachers say they’re prepared for an encounter they hope to never face.
School starts August 20th for Atlanta students.