Last week, the Boyden‐Hull Community School District held active shooter training. This training included all staff at the Boyden‐Hull JR/SR High School in Hull. Other school districts in the area have also had this training, which was put on by their respective police departments and school administration.
Deputy Waylon Pollema,the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer (SRO) said that many schools only have a standard lockdown policy in their crisis planning. While lockdown can be good, this training teaches staff to use real time information, effective room barricades, counter measures that can be used against the active shooter and methods of evacuating the school—if it can be done safely.
Deputy Pollema, Boyden‐Hull JR/SR High School principal Dan Pottebaum and Boyden‐Hull Elementary principal Tom Kerr organized and led the training on September 26.
Deputy Pollema and the Boyden‐Hull Community School District administration said the training was a success. They say it provided the school’s staff with more options and a different mind‐set when it comes to active shooter situations.