Mock Shooting Drill Held At Plymouth High School

A mock shooting drill was held Wednesday morning at a Washington County high school.

It took place at Plymouth High School.

Officials say the drill was to simulate a shooting incident.

These type of drills are held to improve the reaction and procedures of officials should an incident occur.


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  • by Concerned Grandparent Location: Roper on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    I find it appalling that REM is not familiar with the Concealed Weapon Law of North Carolina. Why would you allow someone to carry a weapon on school property when the law forbids such? If teachers (or school staff) are allowed to carry weapons we would have a lot more incidents. Everything I've ever read always indicate practice make perfect. The only thing I witness that could be improved upon is it should have occurred during school hours. Hopefully the next practice will occurred with school staff, school board and superintendent in attendance.
  • by A Location: Plymouth on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    to REM... In your opinion you seem to think that drills are not good. In my opinion i think they are good. If the police and ems are not trined then they might not be able to save the first life in such an event. Even if it does take them a few minutes to reach the site I would want them to know what to do when they got there instand of standing around like dummies. It could happen anywhere at anytime. so its better to be ready for anything rather than not knowing what to do at a moments notice.I do think that they need to drill the students incase it does happen so they have some knowledge of what to do.
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      by REM on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to A
      "to REM... In your opinion you seem to think that drills are not good." -- Right off the bat, you have already made a false statement! I believe that GOOD drills are good; not bad ones. The police are already trained to respond to shootings, and so are EMT's I have absolutely no problem with additional training, especially at schools. My problem is with ineffective "gun free" zones that just put the guns in the hands of criminals. We ALLOW killing sprees for the criminally insane because they already know that the law abiding citizens have been stripped of their right to self defense! What sense does that make?!! Herding kids in a classroom will only put them in a convenient location for anyone who was to mass murder people. Unless they start making every single room in schools with bullet/breach proof doors and windows, those children will be sitting ducks. This has been proven over and over again, and will continue to happen until everyone realizes that self defense is the only defense against these situations. No law is going to stop someone from murder; end of story. There hasn't been one person come forward to successfully defend lock-down policies; and I doubt anyone has the means to do so.
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        by Not From NC on Dec 23, 2011 at 02:36 AM in reply to REM
        to Rem, lock-down policies are intended to save lives. On the contrary not every situation will ever be fool proof even if school staff were strapped with 9 mm's on their side and in their purses. Even bulletproof classrooms would not protect the same students who are on a athletic field for physical health courses. Your point is obvious, you believe in arming citizens for self protection, but in real life settings all people are not as combatant or even comfortable with firearms in their presence. Society has given the greater equation for the common good of all, put police in schools, lock the doors of the precious children you want to protect, and send a combatant to meet a combatant to eliminate the threat. Question. If a combatant was to come to our residents, are we concealing them behind bulletproof rooms while we self defend them? no, because it's not practical.the same principle exist in our schools, we do what we can and hope it never happens. practice to respond to any emergency is always good, never fool proof, but good. Saving even one life is better then total genocide.
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          by REM on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to Not From NC
          I agree that lock-downs are better than just a free for all panic; no argument there. My main concern, however, is that public schools are still made to be a target practice zone because of the "no gun" signs and laws. If constitutional rights were reinstated to the American Citizens, school zones would be a lot less enticing to criminals, since even the janitor could be packing heat lol. Lock-down policies are like placing a band-aid on an severed arm; the wrong approach to a major problem. I don't, nor will I ever, trust the school boards and most administrators with the safety of my family. If people are so scared of an inanimate object (a gun), then they need to be going to a private school anyway (or home school). Because one person has an irrational fear of guns, we should make all the people in one area totally defenseless?
  • by Go figure Location: Roper on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    I am very proud of our local public safety officials and how they represented our community today. By the way REM your ignorance amazes me. Really think you need to do your homework before you shoot off at the mouth. Most area schools have school recourse officers which are armed by the way and most can have additional law enforcement at them with in a few minutes. Yes locking down classrooms can make stdents sitting ducks, but it takes more time for shooters to access locked doors. Like I said REM get your facts straight before you run your mouth!
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      by REM on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to Go figure
      Oh really now? We want to start talking about facts shall we? Fact: The massacre at Virginia Tech occurred in two seperate events in a time space of two hours at two different buildings (http://www.virginiatechmassacre.com/what-happened-virginia-tech-massacre.html). The most recent shooting on that very same campus ended with the death of an OFFICER and a bystander! It doesn't matter if the school has a resource officer there or not, he too is a target. Any amount of common sense will tell you that lock-down procedures are TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE against an armed attacker. Unless you have them behind breach/bullet proof doors/windows, then they are sitting ducks. I bet you anything that massacre at VT would have ended much quicker had those students be allowed the right to self defense. He might have taken few of them out, but not more than 30! http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp#accidents How about you visit that website and look at the FACTS about guns and gun laws. Again I will say, lock-downs are a sidestep from the real problem; let people have their rights to personal self defense. Not this pretentious crap about herding them all in the same room behind a door which can be breached and shot through.
  • by TomD Location: VA on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    Go VIKINGS! A great, small town community - or at least it was when I lived there. A very responsible exercise - it can happen anywhere anytime. Always have a plan, and adapt it accordingly as circumstances dictate. It's better that the alternative - whereby nobody knows nothing about what LEO's and/or school staff are expected to do. All schools should do the same.
  • by M Location: Plymouth on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    I think it's funny how if nothing is done people run their mouths but when the police department actually does something to prepare if something this horrible could happen then you sit and STILL run your mouths. So what your kids don't go there, good for you. But, the drills still need to happen for the kids who i guess are "not good enough" for private schools... they need protection too... I applaud the police department and their efforts... keep up the good work :)
  • by UNKNOWN Location: PLYMOUTH on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    why is there any complaints..you all should be glad they are taking time out of their busy schedules to practice for something that can happen "AT ANYTIME". if your child was the person being shot or injured you would want someone that has already had experience to arrive before anyone else.."PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"..I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR TAKING TIME OUT TO PRACTICE..JOB WELL DONE..
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      by robert on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:30 PM in reply to UNKNOWN
      THANK YOU
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      by REM on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to UNKNOWN
      There are complaints because it's the dumbest idea to 1: invite criminals to a shooting gallery. "Gun free" zones only tell the criminals that honest citizens are totally unarmed; what is the logic in that?! 2: Even if there is a shooting, all you can do with a lockdown is "maybe" slow the attacker down a little bit before the cops arrive. I would be ok with locking kids in the rooms if the teacher had access to a firearm to protect them with. You don't fight firearm with door, that doesn't make sense. They can either kick the door down, or just shoot right through it. Now please, someone give me a rational explanation of why we should lock kids up in rooms and make them sitting ducks? It's doesn't make logical sense, and you all know it. We need laws and procedures that ACTUALLY protect our students; not make them sitting ducks.
  • by Pam Location: Washington Co. on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    I think it is a great idea to have mock drills but I think they should be done at all our schools and not just Plymouth High. What about the schools at the other end of the county? Why not have drills at those schools as well. I hope and pray nothing ever happens at any of our schools but it would be nice to know that they were as prepared as can be if something did happened.
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      by Responder on Dec 23, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to Pam
      Pam, your suggestion was made the day of the mock drill and many more pertinent suggestions were made as well. Please be assured that more drills for other sites and other various factors ARE under consideration and planning. And thank you for your support.
  • by ? Location: plymouth on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    what is it with you people if you have a drill to prepare people then you criticize it if they don't have a drill and something happens then your going to criticize it too. When I was in high school we had mock lock downs just so we would be some what prepared if something like that ever did happen and nobody tried to pull any stunts. Grow up people
  • by Haha on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    To Resident: I hope whatever school you put your child in teaches them proper grammar. Obviously, you won't be teaching that to them.
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      by REM on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM in reply to Haha
      We aren't exactly writing for the Wall Street Journal here.
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      by Resident on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to Haha
      Yea look at Principal post.He/she cant spell either and the sad part of that is principal works with or kids.Well,not mine anyway.
  • by teacher Location: enc on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    We did this at my elementary school with law enforcement. No students were there. It was a little scary, but I'm glad we did it. You never know what might happen these days. We need to be prepared!
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      by REM on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to teacher
      How many minutes would pass before the police can arrive after the first shot is fired from a criminal? Lockdown procedures are nothing more than a false sense of security. Not being rude, I'm just curious.
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        by Not from NC on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to REM
        To rem, you must not be a resident of NC, seeing you know so little. It will not take any minutes for police to arrive on the scene of a school shooting because at least one police is there all the time.
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          by REM on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:10 PM in reply to Not from NC
          Born and raised N.C. In my highschool, it took the police a few minutes just to get on the other side of the campus if there was a fight among students. Nice try, but that is a false argument. Police can't be everywhere at every moment, and they certainly are not personal body guards! "The police will save me". That right there is why many Americans get mugged, raped, and murdered every year, they have no defense against someone with a gun. Try again. Oh, one more thing: My school had several bomb threats during my time there, and it always took the police no less than 10 minutes to get there. Sometimes it took longer. And we always gathered in the same place too, haha! If there ever was an actual bomb, the criminal would know exactly where to put it. School admins don't have a clue how to protect children, and that is proof enough. As I said, lockdowns, and many other procedures are not the brightest ideas.
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