FOX 2 – Even though the shooting in Uvalde, Texas is 1,500 miles away, news of the massacre that killed 19 children and a teacher brings back tragic memories in the Detroit metro area.
“When they start school tomorrow, this idea that school should be one of the happiest and safest places there is is not,” said Dr RJ Webber.
Webber, the assistant superintendent of the Novi Community School District, is used to helping his district understand ALICE training which is supposed to help keep children safe.
In the case of this latest shooting, it was not high school students. They were elementary school children. Webber says it’s different. The adults lead the quarterback on the drills and the kids must follow, with the goal of making it out alive.
“Young children aren’t as mobile, depending on their age, so their ability to escape or get out of a building is really inherently more difficult,” Webber said. “But as far as the main training tenants go, they’re still there. How to escape, how to get out of a building, if possible.”
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says we don’t need to be reminded how much this story touches home. We have all received weekly reminders as the court proceedings unfold after the Oxford High School shooting on November 30which claimed the lives of four students.
“It’s incredibly raw given our recent experience in this area, so it brings back flashbacks for all of the students, teachers, parents in the community at large here in Oakland County and specifically in Oxford and our people, our men and women who were very involved that day and who, like many people, are still dealing with the consequences,” Bouchard said.
Webber says there’s one thing kids have probably been trained to do when an active shooter is performed – follow this rule.
“What’s really hard to say for me as a parent and educator is one of the things these teams are trained on when they leave the building is not to run in a straight line but to zigzag “, did he declare. “And that’s unfortunately to avoid the active shooter.”
Sheriff Bouchard says the responsibility to be vigilant is on all of us. Were there any signs that the Texas shooter would hit? We’ll know more as investigators delve into the case. He says the main thing – is that people have to express themselves.
“Because if you miss one thing once, it could be that time and it will turn out to be a real deal,” he said. “So, as I say over and over again, we’d rather check 100 nothings than miss a real deal.”
An officer walks outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022. (ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)