Meigs County School Board issues statement about active shooter drill
MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Meigs County School System released a statement following last week’s annual intruder drill.
Tennessee State Law requires each school to conduct one intruder drill within the first 30 days of school.
The statement reads:
“On September 1, 2016, the Meigs County School System in conjunction with the Meigs County 911 Center practiced its annual intruder drill. Tennessee State Law requires that each school conduct one intruder drill within the first 30 days of school. Each year the Meigs County School’s Safety Team, comprised of members of the school administration, school resource officers, members of the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Operation and 911 Center, local fire department, and all other local agencies meet to review policies and procedures and discuss upcoming drills. All local law enforcement agencies are invited to attend school safety team meetings throughout the year. On September 1st, each school activated their intruder drill at approximately 9am as scheduled. Each school either called or mimicked a call to 911. At Meigs Middle School students practiced making an intruder report to school administrators as a means of initiating the drill. At Meigs County High school, two students were randomly selected and asked to volunteer in the drill. These students were educated about the purpose and plan for the drill, and coached as to how to make a 911 call of this nature. The students were advised of exactly what to say to the dispatcher and were supervised throughout the duration of the drill. Many school systems across the nation are taking proactive approaches at educating and empowering high school age students as to the appropriate actions to take when they observe an armed intruder on campus. Members of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department and an officer with the Decatur Police Department arrived at the high school and were immediately met by school officials who advised them of the drill. Members of the sheriff’s department participated in the drill and conducted a walk-through of the building alongside the school’s resource officer and building level administrators. At no point were any student lives endangered due to the response or actions of local law enforcement officers. Weapons were not drawn or unholstered at anytime, and any report of such actions are inaccurate. Reports of students in the gymnasium, during the drill, is also inaccurate. Drills are conducted for the purpose of safely practicing emergency operations and to insure the critical review of their implementation. Since this drill the school safety team has conducted a debriefing and will continue to work with local agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff.”