USD 437 practices active assailant exercise during spring break

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- USD 437 teamed up with Shawnee County Emergency Management and several other agencies to practice an active assailant exercise.

Superintendent Dr. Scott McWilliams said the safety of their students is a number one priority, so when contacted by emergency management, it was a no brainer.

Dusty Nichols said this specific exercise allows them to practice being in a rural setting and communications between rural agencies.

Aiden Droge was one of the actors in the exercise. He said it helped put his mind at ease.

"First off, it’s sad that we have to even have it in general,” Droge said. “But it gives me some comfort to know that everyone can come together and work together and do it so quickly."

Shawnee County Emergency Management will compile a report of the exercise and give to the district with recommendations on areas that need to be improved.