MCC, MCE personnel learn enhanced school safety tactics. 

April 14, 2022

Undersheriff Derrek Wilson teaches about ALICE techniques.

MCC, MCE personnel learn enhanced school safety tactics. 

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SCOTTVILLE — Faculty, administrators and staff members from Mason County Central and Mason County Eastern schools volunteered part of their Saturday last week to attend an Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate training at MCC High School. The training was led by Mason County Undersheriff Derrek Wilson and Chief Deputy Oscar Divila, with support from other deputies, Scottville Police Department, and Ludington Police Department. 

The attendees learned how to respond to an active shooter situation in the school, making the decisions to take a defensive posture or escape safely. 

“Trainings like this demonstrate the commitment the employees of Mason County Central and Mason County Eastern schools have to protecting the children they are responsible for,” Undersheriff Wilson said. “We hope that none of these people have to face a situation like this, but through this training, we know that they will be better equipped to protect themselves and their students in case of an active shooter situation, and save lives as a result.”

“Local schools have learned a lot about making our schools more secure over the last several years,” MCC Superintendent Jeff Mount said. “We have also learned that we haven’t done enough. That’s one of the reasons why our upcoming school bond proposal includes a considerable amount of funds dedicated to security upgrades in our schools. These upgrades include more secured entrances that require visitors to come into the building office before being allowed, through another entrance, into the remainder of the building. The upgrades also include eliminating a lot of the windows that are currently in our high school. We are proud to take the lead in securing our schools but we need to do more.” The $33 million bond proposal is up for a vote on May 3. 

Attendees also learned first aid techniques to stop bleeding caused by gun shot wounds. 

Additional training is taking place on Saturday, April 16 on the MCC campus. 

 

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