An active shooter drill was held on all campuses in the Texarkana, Arkansas School District on Friday.
Principal Theresa Cowling briskly walked the deserted halls of North Heights Junior High School. She checked every door. “The teachers and students are advised and practice getting in a location in the room with the lights off, door locked, where you cannot be seen through a window in the door,” she said. The idea is to be out of sight and out of mind, in case of an active shooter.
Eighth grade student Rashad Thrower said, “Everybody moved so fast I looked up everybody’s already on the floor.” He said his classmates take the drill seriously. “I tried to stay as still as possible, treat it like it’s a real lockdown.”
Thrower said last month’s mass shooting in Florida remains on his mind. School officials add that it’s important to reassure students that plans are in place to keep them safe. Cowling said, “I do think some of our students are anxious even after practicing, just because of the thoughts it brings up of, what if this really happened at our school? Or, is this what it felt like, when they’re thinking about the Florida shooting.”
After the drill, Cowling said she was pleased and tweaks are always being made.