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Armed intruder drill prepares college students for the worst

SWGTC conducts armed intruder drill SWGTC conducts armed intruder drill
Students and faculty volunteered to be victims Students and faculty volunteered to be victims
Thomasville Police Department's Major Shane Harris Thomasville Police Department's Major Shane Harris
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - What would you do if a gunman showed up at your school or workplace?

Students and teachers at one south Georgia college learned how they should react during an armed intruder drill.

It's a sound you never want to hear.  

Gunshots fired from an intruder. 

But this time, it's just a drill. 

Thomasville Police Department Major Shane Harris said, “It's to see if their students, and more importantly, their staff is following the protocol that they've set out.” 

This is the second year Southwest Georgia Technical College has conducted an armed intruder drill. 

Students and faculty volunteered to be victims, some with fatal gunshot wounds. 

And this realistic scene helped train officers as well.

Major Harris said, “When the event does happen, they can kind of recall. They've been there before and they know how to react and they know how to respond.”

The Thomasville Police Department, Thomas County Sheriff's Office, GSP, and EMS were all part of the drill. 

They all agreed this training will help prepare them to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. 

SWGTC Counselor Jeanine Long said, “It hasn't happened here.  But every other place it did happen, they didn't think it was going to happen there either.”

Everyone participating in the drill practiced proper protocol: run, hide, or fight.

Major Harris said, “First thing you need to do is run.  If you can't run, you need to hide.  And the last thing, if your life is in imminent danger and you have to, then you have to fight.”

After the drill, law enforcement officials spoke with students and faculty about what they did right and what they could've done better. 

The school plans to have a drill once a year to practice these safety procedures. 


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