Mock shooting used as practice

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Hazard Community and Technical College was on lockdown this afternoon but only for a scheduled mock shooting.

Although it does not sound like the real thing, it certainly felt like it for students participating in a mock scenario at HCTC.

"Yeah, it felt kind of real. It was kind of scary. My heart was racing a little bit," said Kendall Patrick, a student at HCTC.

"Oh yes, I was really scared. I was afraid and wondered if I can get away or am I going to be shot? I wasn't really sure what was going to go down," said Megan Smith, a student at HCTC.

To simulate a true emergency, a shooter actively ran throughout the building targeting students in the hallways.

School officials notified everyone of the scenario but made it feel as real as possible to act as practice.

"If you know what to do when the pressure is not on, then when the pressure is on you can respond so much better," said Evelyn Wood, the public relations director at HCTC.

Mock scenarios like this one prepare both officers and the school for the real thing, so everyone knows how to respond properly.

"You can't plan for everything, but it's better than not planning at all for it. We're trying to get ahead of the game a little bit and do some things like that," said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen.

Quick response by police and a proper lockdown by those in the school made for a successful practice round of something everyone hopes never comes knocking at their doors.

The crisis management team at HCTC plans to have other mock scenarios in the future.

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