Friday, March 6, 2009
Today was training day for local emergency responders as they practiced for a classroom crisis they hope never happens. Andover High School and Butler County Community College were put on lockdown and the surrounding neighborhood was evacuated for the drill.
Andover Police Chief’s Michael Keller’s officers had no idea what to expect during the nearly two hour mock-shooting exercise.
“We had one suspect deceased and one suspect taken into custody. At the end of the scenario, we had one suspect barricaded in a room,” said Chief Keller.
Staff and faculty took the opportunity to implement their own emergency protocols required by the federal government under the Safe Campus Clery Act.
Butler County Community College students volunteered their time to serve as suspects, witnesses and victims.
The execution and outcome of the drill will be reviewed so law enforcement can be better prepared in the event of a real school shooting.