- Florida Shooter Made Sick Use of School’s Active-Shooter Drill
by MICHAEL DALY, https://www.thedailybeast.com/
The timing likely made it more difficult for the school to order and maintain a complete lockdown—and Nikolas Cruz knew just what would happen.
Right after Christmas break, the Broward County Public Schools held their system-wide intruder and active-shooter training. As it does each each year, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office met with the teachers and staff at each facility—including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—and went over the procedures in the event an active shooter invaded the building.
The officers reminded them nobody should imagine that the horrors of Columbine and Sandy Hook and so many other schools could not happen there in Broward. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was not exempt simply because the surrounding town of Parkland had been declared the safest city in Florida in 2017.
The officers also emphasized that in the event of a lockdown, everybody should remain in place. “They said, ‘Tell your kids if they hear a fire alarm or if somebody knocks on the door and says ‘Let us in,’ don’t open the door for anybody,’” a Broward teacher who attended the training told The Daily Beast.
The deputies told the teachers at each school in January essentially what Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel would say in the aftermath of what was to come the very next month.