One might think it unusual to conduct a school emergency drill on September 11th, but that’s exactly what took place Wednesday at one school in Gering.
With about two-thirds of the students new to Gering Junior High School, plus a good number of new teachers, school administrators were joined by Gering Police as the facility conducted a mock lockdown and evacuation.
Principal Shawn Seiler tells KNEB News they weren’t afraid of holding such a drill on what’s considered a solemn anniversary. “For a couple reasons: Just as a reminder this is serious business, taking care of our kids,” says Seiler, “Not that anxiety is always high with the remembrance of 9-11, but we wanted it to be an event to take seriously and make it important.”
Following the lockdown with administrators and officers checking doors and listening for people inside classrooms, students and staff evacuated the building to a nearby church as part of the drill.
Seiler says the practice drill went well, helping point out if there were any issues with equipment used to secure doors against intrusion, or whether anyone needed additional assistance remembering their roles if and when an emergency hits.