Albuquerque school was in shooter exercise when Roswell incident occurred

Posted at: 01/15/2014 7:07 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Schools across the country are starting to teach their students what to do if they see a shooter on campus. One Albuquerque school was doing just that, when they found out a shooting happened moments before at a Roswell middle school.

It was the goal at Hope Christian School in northeast Albuquerque on Tuesday, teaching students and staff what to do if they see a shooter on campus.

It was a lesson they quickly learned is real. “As we began our training, we actually received a text about the shooting,” said Zach Williams, a student.

“Just learning it just really, you take it to heart a lot,” said Ashley Vaughn, a student.

Albuquerque Police taught the kids and teachers to run, hide and fight. Fighting being the last option since it can be extremely dangerous.

“It’s all too real. It’s all too possible,” said Stacey Lake.

Lake has been a teacher for more than 10 years. “Going into the teaching field, you’re going in to it, to be with the children and to teach them and never would we think of this as a dangerous profession,” added Lake.

But she understands that times have changed, and admits it was definitely hard learning all of it while miles away, there was a school community in pain. But she knows she has a job to do. “Whatever the situation is we need to handle it. We need to handle it for the safety of everybody else that’s here. We have a lot of lives that depend on us so we need to do it,” said Lake.