BCSD Faculty Attend School Shooting Demonstration

February 16, 2018, 9:59 pm EST | Share:

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — Gun shots rang out in the halls of Cane Bay Elementary on Friday — it was a planned exercise to help prepare faculty members for an active shooting situation.

It was a sobering experience for most of the teachers. The drill was planned several months ago but was timely and emotional, coming just days after the deadly school shooting in Florida.

Teachers huddled in a classroom while law enforcement fired blanks with a hand gun and assault rifles. The idea is to train their ears to recognize the sound of gunfire inside the school.

It was alarming at times. Some of the shots sounded like something else, and at one point they were not even heard at all.

Officials walked staff through various scenarios during there training drill.

“We shoot blank rounds of different calibers from different locations in the school so the faculty can hear what live gunfire sounds like inside a building, from different distances, and gives them better options in terms of whether or not they should run, hide, or certainly fight if somebody’s right there,” said Capt. Dave Aarons with the Goose Creek Police Department.

Even though the demonstration was not mandatory, several hundred faculty members signed up for what was an emotional experience. Many people even cried as they placed themselves in such a terrifying scenario.

Sheriff Duane Lewis was also at Friday’s drill. He says the school shooting this week is a scary reality and says they are looking to beef up their resource officer program and adds they may place armed resource officers in middle and elementary schools.

Right now RSO’s are only in the county’s high schools.