Judson High School conducts 'intruder' drill

Judson ISD on high alert following Conn­ecticut school shooting

CONVERSE, Texas - Area school districts have been on high-alert in the wake of last week's elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

Included in that group is Judson High School, where an "intruder" drill was conducted Wednesday.

"It's all about looking over your own procedures, your own guidelines, your crisis management team, and making sure that everybody knows what they're supposed to do and when they're supposed to do it," said Judson ISD spokesman Steve Linscomb.

Moments after the call for an intruder went out over the loudspeaker, administrators went hallway to hallway, making sure doors were locked. They also knocked repeatedly on doors, making sure no teacher answered them.

"It's important we do this often," said Linscomb, who said the district does some kind of drill at least once a month. "We want to get students and staff to the point where how they respond is purely reactionary."

The drill went well – no teachers answered their doors and the hallways were completely devoid of people.

"I'm impressed with the way things went," said principal Jesus Hernandez. "And now we just debrief and see what we can learn from this, so if it ever happens for real, we'll be ready."

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