Law enforcement officers presented a free informational safety program Wednesday evening where they discussed important issues for parents and the public on protocol during a school threat or emergency situation.
Alice police officers David Valadez and Daniel Elizondo talked about how active shooter scenarios are not new. In August 1999, the Columbine High School shooting occurred prompting gun control and 19 years later the community is still on the same issue.
Valadez and Elizondo discussed police policies and how they have been working with Alice Independent School District Interim Superintendent Willie Ruiz on the matter especially the safety of the students and staff.
The officers insisted that parents should teach their students at home on how to response if they find themselves in an active shooter scenario with the most important thing they should remember is to listen to school officials.
They reminded attendees that if they flock to the school during an emergency situation they are putting themselves and others at risk. Valadez discussed how the agencies including law enforcement, schools and media work together to let people know what is happening and when it is safe to pick up students or approach the area.
Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno expressed how important it is to everyone's survival to remember that they must trust law enforcement and educators during an emergency situation.
The officers said everyone should be prepared for emergencies and that active shooter scenarios don't just happen at a school.