How US teenagers are assisting law enforcement in improving their response to school shootings
“We want to make the officers as uncomfortable as we can.
And that includes kids screaming, fire alarms going off, smoke, sound, or actual gunshots,” said Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Edwin Lopez.
In a Miami school classroom, shots can be heard.
Twelve students are screaming in agony inside, their clothes covered in what appears to be blood.
More shots are fired as a security guard enters the hallway, and a young man is quickly taken down.
Thankfully, it’s a simulation, despite the terrifying scene.
The guns carried by the numerous participating police officers are fake, as are the bullets, the blood, the wounds, the screams, and the wounds.
Following the disastrous law enforcement response to a deadly gun rampage at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas in May, attention is once again focused on the teenagers who are volunteers helping police improve their response to school shootings in the United States.
Before finally confronting the shooter, who had already killed 21 people—mostly children—law enforcement officers had to wait 73 minutes.
The police response infuriated Americans, especially after surveillance footage was made public showing officers waiting in the elementary school’s hallways as students and teachers lay dying behind closed classroom doors.
Our policy is for the first police officer to arrive to confront the shooter.
Major Carlos Fernandez of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department said, “Everything is done to save lives.
Since two teenagers murdered 13 people at a high school in Columbine, Colorado, in 1999, it has been a general rule used by many police departments.
The police response to school shootings is not governed by any federal regulations in the US.
But before Columbine, officers typically waited for SWAT tactical units to step in, according to Fernandez.
After that, it became more important to put an end to the killing by swarming the area of gunfire and quickly taking down the shooter than it was to aid the injured, something the Uvalde police officers failed to do.
Just three minutes after the opening shots were fired during the simulation in Hialeah, a Miami suburb, the false suspect is eliminated.
In front of the school, the street is jam-packed with police vehicles as officers run down hallways and check that the restrooms and classrooms are empty.
Firefighters enter the structure once everything is under control and remove four…
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