"You need to be prepared for that which you hope never occurs. They didn't want that to happen in Nevada yesterday either, but it did. I'd rather be prepared for something that not occur than not be prepared for something that does occur," said Bolivar County EMA Director William “Bill” Quinton.
According to an article by the Associated Press, "Police said a Sparks Middle School student was the lone shooter who injured two classmates, killed himself and took the life of an 8th-grade math teacher who tried to stop the rampage Monday. The teacher, 45-year-old former serviceman Michael Landsberry, was being hailed for trying to protect students from a shooting that was witnessed by 20 or 30 children."
The active shooter exercise will be on Wednesday at Cleveland High School beginning at 8 a.m.
The exercise will include a “real life-like” scenario, involving the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency, Bolivar County Fire Department, the Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, Cleveland Public Works, Delta State University Police Department, Pafford Ambulance Service, Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland High School educators and student actors who will “play” the roles of the students and shooters.
The purpose of this exercise is to find and stop the “ shooter ” as quickly and safely as possible as well as test the level of preparedness of Bolivar County first responders. This will also be an opportunity for county and city officials to assess the strengths, as well as the gaps, of their emergency response plans and for Cleveland High School to evaluate their plans, policies and procedures to ensure a safe school environment.