MONROE, LA- Hallways were empty at one Monroe school as students and faculty held a lock-down drill.
A color-coded message, delivered by the Wossman High School principal, prompted teachers to react. They locked the doors to classrooms and offices and turned off the lights to make sure the children were out of sight.
This emergency drill was to prepare the school for the event of a campus intruder.
"If you do something over and over, you're better prepared," said Sam Moore, Wossman High School Principal. "The one thing we know for certain is that we never know when something will happen. So, we don't want to be left in the dark, not prepared, because we didn't do the necessary planning in order to prevent a bad situation."
Local law enforcement patrolled the school, to ensure the proper precautions were taken during the drill. And to avoid any confusion or concern, students' families were notified in advance.
"As far as getting the main parts of this drill under control, they had it worked out," said Mark Johnson, Public Information Officer for the Monroe Police Department. "It worked really well."
This was only one of about ten drills that Wossman High School conducts each school year.