MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The scene at Manhattan High School West Monday is one that has too often unfolded during tragic school shootings across the country- students crammed into corners and hiding under desks.
While it was just a lockdown drill, administrators in the Manhattan Ogden school district are prepping for the scariest of scenarios to make sure students know how to act in dangerous situations.
This week, students throughout USD 383 are learning how to handle a number of different threats. Schools are observing Safety Week with a series of realistic drills.
"I think it’s important, not just for our students but for our faculty and staff and administration and really the whole community just to be prepared in case something were to happen- not that we ever want to have something happen in Manhattan or at Manhattan High School but to be prepared. This is the first day in a whole week long of drills," said Michael Dorst, Assistant Principal at Manhattan High School West.
Riley County police officers went over exactly what to do and where to hide if a gunman was roaming the hallways. They went from classroom to classroom to see how students and teachers reacted.
"I think it’s important to build those relationships with students so we can avoid something like this. First we need to educate and let our students know that this can come into our community but what we need to do first is try to stop it hopefully by the relationships we have with our kids and our kids will come forward and let us know so we can do the necessary things to intercede with those young people," Dorst added.
Safety drills will continue throughout the week, including a fire, tornado, evacuation and lockout drill.
During a lockdown, all school activities cease and staff/students seek safety in a locked room until notified by law enforcement.
During a lockout, a school resumes normal activities within the confines of the building and only authorized personnel are permitted to enter the school.