(KATV) Nothing can truly prepare you for a gunman walking into your workplace or school. In the wake of the most recent school shooting, Friday, the Greenbrier School District held an active shooter exercise with the help of the State Police and local law enforcement.
In school we all participated in fire drills, earthquake drills and tornado drills but now schools are doing active shooter training.
The roles of the masked gunmen are played by students.
An officer screams, "Radio just advised there are two other suspects" Police arrive quickly. Set up command post, all are equipped with vest, face masks and loaded paintball guns.
Police enter the high school in packs; someone has a view in every direction. They're looking for injured students and they are ready to take down the gunmen.
Officers point at a suspect and scream, "Put the gun down. Come on, put the gun."
The students were arrested without incident. But at the end of the day, this was all pretend, no one was hurt, everyone preparing for the 'what if'.
Scott Spainhour is the Greenbrier Superintendent. He says, "When I first got in education, this was the furthest thing from my mind but of course things change. Should something happen, but I never dreamed it would come to this."
Damien Edwards was in the crowd, watching the whole scenario take place. "It's sad that we're to this point but I'd rather know that a well trained school official was there with a gun to protect my children or grandchildren."
A Captain for the State Police, Keith Eremea says you have to plan so everyone is on the same page. "You save officers lives, you save students lives and you save faculties lives."
"Unfortunately the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun." State Representative, Stephen Meeks says it's time for the state to discuss allowing faculty to carry guns, under certain conditions. He continues, "It will spark a heated debate but that's what we have a legislative process for, to debate these kind of issues and to see if we can't make our state a better place."
The NRA has come out in support of having security personnel at every school. Former Arkansas congressman Asa Hutchinson is spearheading the effort in Arkansas. For that story, click here.