Active shooter exercise planned
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On Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and six others at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

He killed his mother, Nancy, at her home prior to the massacre at the school. Lanza committed suicide after the rampage.

The shooting was the second deadliest in U.S. history, behind the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute that claimed 32 people.

On Wednesday, the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency will hold an active shooter exercise 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.

Additional first responder agencies and other EMA Directors will assist as well.

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.

“This event was actually planned prior to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,” said Bolivar County EMA Director William “Bill” Quinton. “The Bolivar County School District wanted to take a proactive approach in an effort to be better prepared if such a terrible incident were to occur in this county.”

According to officials, all parties involved will respond as if the incident is “real.” That’s why it is important that the date and time of the exercise is released prior to the event in order to prevent unnecessary panic or fear by the public.

The last school shooting that occurred in Mississippi was Oct. 1, 1997, in Pearl.

Two students were killed and seven wounded by 16-year-old student Luke Woodham, who was also accused of killing his mother.

Woodham was later found guilty and sentenced to three life sentences plus an additional 140 in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2046.

For more information, contact William “Bill” Quinton, Bolivar County Emergency Management Director, at 662-588-3708.