The Paris Independent School District Police Department conducted a mock lock down drill on Friday at Lamar County Head Start as a training exercise in emergency and crisis procedures. PISD Chief Brad Ruthart and Officer Frank Mooney were assisted by Paris Police Department Assistant Chief Randy Tuttle and Captain Joseph Nelms.
The training exercise is designed to teach appropriate responses to potential threats inside school campuses.
The drill practices “locks, lights out of sight,” and students are ushered out of the hallways, all classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off, and students in the classroom can’t be seem from the windows. And nobody talks.
During this time, the entire campus is on lock down.
Police officers are the sole individuals who have access to the campus. When it was over, Director Eva Williams and officers gathered to talk about how it went and what they could do differently next time.
Eva Williams gives instructions “locks, lights, out of sight” to the campus over the intercom.
Randy Tuttle, Joseph Nelms, and Brad Ruthart test doors during drill.
Afterwards, Eva Williams and Brad Ruthart discuss the drill with Randy Tuttle and Joseph Nelms who were impressed with the good job by all and offered suggestions for future drills.