Today a group of my students helped with active shooter exercises for Cass County Sheriff deputies. The deputies were put through multiple scenarios. I watched the deputies go through a shooter scenario in the large lunch room area. One student played the shooter each time while the others simulated students in a chaotic situation. The deputies’ goal was to quickly figure out who the shooter or shooters were and address the threat.
The noise and confusion that the deputies faced coming into the scene I observed was daunting. It is no easy feat to take it all in and act swiftly. There is no way I could do it. Even though this wasn’t a real event, it was clear from observing the deputies that they took it seriously. I watched their faces and I could see that their adrenalin was pumping.
This experience reminded me of the danger that these deputies could encounter on any given day on any call…and yet they still rush in ready to protect others. Many a time we hear complaints about members of law enforcement – their actions are often questioned after the fact. But we should remember the commitment these folks make day-in and day-out to keep communities safe.
I applaud the deputies who took the time today to exercise their active shooter skills so that they can be ready to address such a situation should it ever occur. Thank you for being so willing to rush in. I know it takes an extraordinary commitment and I sincerely appreciate it.
Day one thousand four hundred and twenty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da