Editorial: High School Drills


Micah Solly

Rusk ISD uses a system of drills to show us what we are supposed to do in the event of an emergency, but do they actually help? Ultimately, that depends on the drill.

In the event of a fire or other building hazard we have something called an evacuation. Basically, this drill’s main idea is to get everyone out as safely and quickly as possible while still maintaining order so nobody gets trampled. If evacuation drills were not a thing, chaos would ensue in the event of a building emergency because no one would know what to do. People would be freaking out and breaking windows trying to get out as fast as possible.

Similar to the evacuation, there is a shelter drill. For this drill we evacuate students calmly to a sheltered area until the event is no longer a threat. The situations that this drill can be used in are immense – it can be used for anything from natural disasters to even biological warfare.

But, what happens if there is an emergency in the hall, medical or otherwise? Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered too.

In a hold drill, we lock the doors, classes stop rotating and we empty the halls. This drill is used for problems in the halls like a medical emergency.

While these types of drills are certainly needed, there are some drills that do not help.

A lockdown is usually used for events like school shootings, but the way it’s set up, we are supposed to hide in a corner and lock the door, which sounds good in theory but not in practice because most people know the drill. It’s been around for a while and you can bet the attacker knows it, making it ineffective. In fact, most teachers have a plan for that situation, and usually that plan is to go down fighting, not sitting in a corner waiting for death.

So it’s pretty clear that this drill needs to be looked at and revised for maximum safety.