Today, the Harrison County School District held a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training session with the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.
The goal of the training was to prepare the 2,000 Harrison County School District employees with the knowledge and training to keep them and their students safe.
The course is designed to help provide strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.
Along with active shooter information, professionals also touched on human trafficking, gangs, and bullying. Superintendent Mitchell King said, “We learn about emergency responses. The people have to be trained so that training will come into play if anything does happen in the school, God forbid. But, if it does happen, we want our people to be capable of handling whatever might happen to the best of our ability.”
MS Office of Homeland Security Deputy Director Jim Brinson said, “You have to be aware of what’s around you because you have kids out on the playground, you got kids that are getting on busses. So, being aware of who is looking at you and why, who is walking up, and pay attention to what’s going on in your environment can be extremely beneficial to be able to recognize a threat prior to it taking action.”
Harrison County has been in partnership with the MS Office of Homeland Security for the past ten years and offers this training each year.