LAMPASAS, Texas (KXAN) — Students in the Lampasas school district got a lesson in saving lives Monday.
About 1,800 students and staff members received the training at Lampasas High School and Lampasas Middle School.
They learned how to distract a shooter by throwing tennis balls at them. They also learned how to secure a door that opens to the outside by tying a belt around the door handle.
“It’s probably going to make me a lot more observant… When I’m bored in class after a test daydreaming, I can look at [the door], and go ‘Oh, I guess I could do that to barricade the door,’ or ‘I could use this as a distraction,'” Alexander Hupp, a Lampasas High School senior.
Senior Parker Kendrick had a similar reaction.
“I’ll probably look at certain things and think, ‘Oh, maybe I could do that then.'”
Kendrick also says he has been taught what to do during a school shooting since he was in elementary school.
Kendrick says he was taught the first thing to do is shut the door and make sure it is locked, which is still the case. The difference comes in their response now. In the past, Kendrick says they would then turn off the lights and hide. Now, they proactively try to save lives.
Students also learned how to subdue a shooter, by four people grabbing each arm and leg, centering on grabbing him or her at the elbows and knees so it’s harder for the shooter to move.
The Lampasas Police Department says it’s a good thing students will know how to respond.
“It’s basically giving them some ideas and putting some thoughts into their head as to what they could do if something like that were to happen,” Lampasas Police Department School Resource Officer Steven Sheldon said. “We are trying to let these kids realize that this is a possibility as much as you always hear, ‘Oh, this could never happen here, this could never happen here.’ I guarantee you there’s many people in those schools where school shootings happen that said that also.”
Officers also do training of their own. While students are away on Spring Break, the Lampasas Police Department and the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office will participate in active shooter training at the school. They will simulate searching for a shooter and keeping students safe.