District to conduct school shooter exercise

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

There is no immunity, no free passes for Gulf County Schools.

No matter how small-town the feel of the district, no matter how many students and families are familiar to those working in the schools, there is no immunity from school violence and the potential for a shooter stalking the hallways.

Columbine, Newtown – enough said for any school district in the country.

“We feel like we are immune from this type of behavior, but we are not,” said Deputy Superintendent for Gulf County Schools Duane McFarland. “We are going to be prepared for anything that may happen.

“It is our responsibility to not only assure students are achieving in the classroom, but that they are also safe in the classroom.”

In order to assess district policies and procedures in the event that an “active shooter” enters Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, the district, along with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, the Gulf/Franklin Center of Gulf Coast State College, the Gulf County Health Department and Gulf County Emergency Management will conduct an exercise March 14.

That is the Friday prior to Spring Break, a half-day for Gulf County Schools.

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