On Monday, officials with the Orleans Parish School Board and New Orleans Police announced a partnership aimed at keeping children safe while they're at school. The partnership involves active shooter training with school personnel and law enforcement officers and more than 200 people participated in the training.
Police didn't go into detail about what officers do because they don't want to give out too much information but they say civilians should run, hide or fight.
“It's very unfortunate that we find ourselves in a society, a time where we have to even talk about active shooters in places of worship and schools but the time of thinking that it can't happen here is far gone; it is here,” said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.
The announcement of the partnership comes nearly a month after the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. Since that shooting, there have been numerous threats reported against schools throughout the metro area and multiple arrests of students.
“I must first say, as a parent, it's a concern,” said OPSB Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis.”Over a 20-year period, this has evolved into something I did not imagine 20 years ago but at the same time we are dedicated to make sure we're protecting our young people.”
Chief Harrison says the department takes all threats seriously. He says if you see or hear anything suspicious, report it.