Lake Fenton High School and Middle School train for emergencies
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:27:58 GMT —
Multiple police agencies responded to Lake Fenton Community Schools Friday but not for an emergency.
It was all part of a training exercise at Lake Fenton High School and Middle School to further educate and prepare students in the event of an emergency.
Senior student, Kristen Cody, described the day as intense, "it's chaos, everyone is up and running."
But students and faculty say Friday's exercise was a good thing.
"There's police officers and staff directing us where to go so it made me feel a lot more comfortable if that were to actually happen I know what to do," said Cody.
Superintendent Wayne Wright helped plan Friday's "active shooter drill."
"We thought it was a positive effect for our staff," he said.
Police agencies from Genesee County came together to educate students and the first line of defense; teachers.
"It's not a requirement at this point but we want to make sure our staff feels comfortable if something were to happen. We would not anticipate anything like this happening but it's happening throughout the country so we're trying to make sure we are prepared," said Superintendent Wright.
Michigan law requires schools to perform ten emergency drills a year.
A bill supported by Representative Joseph Graves (R) Argentine Township, would require schools to post on their website when they are holding fire, tornado and other safety drills.
"Streamline process and makes it transparent and makes sure kids are properly trained in the right emergency situations," said Graves.
"This is an add-on to a lock-down drill in my eyes," said Superintendent Wright.
House Bill 4713 passed through the State House and heads to the Senate.
Representative Graves anticipates, if passed, the bill would be signed into law by the new year.