Be There: Training for the unthinkable

Be There: Training for the unthinkable

(WTVM) - With Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the McNair Discovery Learning Academy shooting outside Atlanta still vivid in many people's minds, the Muscogee County School District is getting students prepared in case the unthinkable happens here.

With the help of Columbus State University students and the Columbus Police Department, teacher and student actors from the district's high schools came together over the course of a few Saturdays to make an active shooter video that will be used as a training tool throughout the Muscogee County School District.

The goal is to save lives by showing students and teachers the correct procedures to take if an active shooter is in their building.

"We're really excited, it's going to be life-like and hopefully it will __ those watching it to follow the procedure for an active shooter," said Marie Stringfellow, MCSD Director, Property & Risk Management.

"I just think it's an example where the Columbus community is coming together to meet its needs in its own particular way and I just think that's very exciting," said Dr. Danna Gibson, CSU Director, Department of Communications.

The scripts, filming and editing is all done by CSU students. Filming took place the first three Saturdays of this month at Shaw High School.

The video is expected to be released in October and used to train students in grades six through 12.

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