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Catholic High School volunteers participate in active shooter safety drill

Catholic High School volunteers participate in active shooter safety drill
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:44pm

If you live around Catholic High in Baton Rouge, you might have heard a bit of chaos Thursday morning, but don't worry, it's all a part of a safety plan for this upcoming school year.

A normal day at school could turn into gun shots and students screaming.

That's why Catholic High's Principal Lisa Harvey wants everyone to be prepared.

"Baton Rouge, we haven't had, thank God, these types of school shootings or intruder alerts that so many other schools have," Harvey said. "We just felt that it was important for us to be very proactive in our emergency response."

So, Harvey teamed up with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and other emergency response officials.

"We began having a conversation with them about what do we do to be prepared, and be one the offensive when it comes to emergency preparedness," Harvey said.

This safety drill helps students and faculty know what to do, where to go, and how to act in case of danger.

"If any type of emergency, not an intruder necessarily, but any type of emergency were to happen, they would have a better understanding of who we are, how our campus runs, and our students and faculty. So it's a good opportunity for all of us," Harvey said.

Student volunteers were assigned roles to try to mimic a normal school day.

"I'm kind of excited you know, I've never done anything like this," Hayden Mixon, student volunteer. "It will help us be prepared for anything like this to happen. Hopefully it doesn't, but we'll be prepared if it does."

"I think the way that things have been going in our country lately with the shootings that have been happening, this is definitely something we need to keep better track on, and throughout all schools especially like in this area," said Simon Pavot, student volunteer

More than 20 students participated in the drill. This drill was similar to the ones conducted at LSU and Central earlier this year.

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