Wheeling Middle School and Wheeling Police Department will be conducting a SWAT drill on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m..
This drill is a more detailed version of the regular Code Red that they already practice, and will also include a mock hostage situation.
Principal Rich McCardle made calls to the parents of the students to inform them on what is going on and to make sure they know that this is a PRACTICE drill.
Sergeant Harris said the majority of the students will not even know the SWAT team is there.
“I wanted to being in our SWAT team not just for training for them as well but for our staff and our students,” said Wheeling Middle School Resource Officer, Sergeant Gregg Harris. So everybody knows what to expect if the situation would ever occur. “So everybody including the staff and the teachers and as well as the parents at home can realize and feel a little more comfortable that their kids are safe here and that we do the best that we can.”
“Just kind of gives them a practice of what our building is laid out like,” said Wheeling Middle School Principal, Rich McCardle. “What the kids can expect when people come in if there is something that is going on seriously and we want the community to know we are trying to keep their kids safe.”
Principal McCardle also says with everything that is going on in the world today this is something that needs to be practiced so the students can get the real life experience.