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UT Tyler, City Police hold Mock Shooter Emergency Drill

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TYLER (KYTX) - A mock active shooter emergency drill was held at UT Tyler Monday morning. University and city police worked together to test out emergency response in the event of danger.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey, spoke with students who said one can't ever really prepare for danger, but it's great to at least have a plan.

For the past six months, school and city law enforcement have been planning this active shooter drill.

Each year, university law enforcement evaluates safety measures by looking at table top schematics, however, this year, they held a full fledge drill, complete with a suspect, victim and armed police.

All across the nation there's always the potential for danger.

"I would be naive to think that it couldn't happen to me," said UT Tyler student Tynika Adams.

The university Vice President of student affairs is Dr. Howard Patterson. Referencing the drill he said, "What we hope to learn is how you'll respond, every situation is unique."

Patterson said, "We want to make sure that we are as ready as possible for as many scenarios as possible."

Kim Bryant is a parent and a student, "I think it's always good to rehearse and have a plan, and where  you're going to go in each building."

She said with the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the shooting at Arapahoe High School and countless other shootings and bomb threats, there's a bigger issue that needs to be looked at.

 

"I personally think we need to look at as a society, what do we need to do with our children, what's going wrong with our children."

Despite her concern for the future, she says current security measures on UT's campus is up to par.

Adams agrees. She said, "I see the patrol's all the time out here, there isn't a time when  I'm not going to my class that I don't see the security patrols."

During the drill, officers entered the building, with fake plastic guns drawn prepared to search for the suspect.

After about a 10 to 15 minute search law enforcement tracked down the suspect, and brought him out quietly.

 

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