GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Geneva police plan to soon hold active school shooting exercises for its department and other area law enforcement agencies.

Now that it’s Summer Break, Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock feels it’s an ideal time for officers to learn the latest techniques in ending a gunman’s killing rampage inside a school.

Last month, an 18-year-old gets inside Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and kills 19 children along with two educators. The second-deadliest school shooting in our nation’s history.

This week, Panama City Beach police conducted mass shooting drills at Arnold High School.
Chief Mock hopes to soon hold similar training exercises on school campuses in the City of Two Rivers.

“One thing that never changes, we have to do our job to prepare for evil, prepare for violence,” Chief Mock said. “If we don’t do our job then we’re not doing our duty to the public.”

In addition to his department, Mock hopes to hold the “mass shooting” training for other
law enforcement agencies in the Wiregrass.

Mike Gurspan says here at New Brockton High School, Principal Alonzo Barkley works constantly with school administration and law enforcement trying to anticipate and prevent just such a tragedy.

News of the Uvalde school shooting reminds principals and school administrators nationwide how fragile life is, and the districts need to do everything in their power to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

“It’s just doing the best you can with the resources that you have,” Principal Barkley said. “I feel we’re doing that but we have but it’s really just a heavy thing right now.”

Chief Mock says no one can always anticipate, or predict “the evil design” of a mentally disturbed individual. But holding simulated “mass shooting” exercises gives law enforcement a feel of what they should do if the unthinkable occurs.