2017-10-22 / Community View

Active shooter drill held Friday inside North Branch school buildings


Students and faculty exited their classrooms after receiving the all-clear from law enforcement officials during the “active shooter” simulation. Classrooms were locked and the “gunman” was largely confined to the hall area. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Students and faculty exited their classrooms after receiving the all-clear from law enforcement officials during the “active shooter” simulation. Classrooms were locked and the “gunman” was largely confined to the hall area. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese NORTH BRANCH — North Branch Area Schools underwent a planned mock disaster training exercise on Friday, featuring the district faculty and administration as well as more than 40 Lapeer County first responders and law enforcement, including the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept., the Michigan State Police, McLaren Lapeer Region, the North Branch Township Fire Dept., Lapeer EMS and Medstar as well as Marlette Regional Hospital.

The faculty and first responders ran through two scenarios involving an “active shooter” on campus at North Branch High School. Each of the 125 NBAS teachers participated in the exercise as well as support staff and volunteer students from NBAS, nursing students from area colleges and members of the public. In both scenarios, a “gunman” entered the facility and attempted to cause harm to students and faculty, while first responders arrived to assess and neutralize the threat.


University of Michigan – Flint’s Ron Streetman applies fake blood to North Branch High School senior Hailey Watson during the exercise’s moulage prior to the simulation. University of Michigan – Flint’s Ron Streetman applies fake blood to North Branch High School senior Hailey Watson during the exercise’s moulage prior to the simulation. “Victims” suffering simulated wounds were transported to McLaren Lapeer Region or Marlette Regional Hospital for triage training before returning to NBAS. Administrators at NBAS as well as representatives of the various participating agencies observed the simulations. A report is expected to be made regarding the exercise to the North Branch Board of Education during its regular meeting on Monday evening at 7 p.m.


The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Michigan State Police coordinated their efforts, zeroing in on the “gunman” before taking him down. The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Michigan State Police coordinated their efforts, zeroing in on the “gunman” before taking him down. Nicholas Pugliese



Troopers from the Michigan State Police participated in the exercise, which saw squads of law enforcement enter the building in search of the “active shooter.” Troopers from the Michigan State Police participated in the exercise, which saw squads of law enforcement enter the building in search of the “active shooter.”

Medical personnel and firefighters entered the building on the heels of law enforcement, seeking to triage the “victims” and transport wounded to safety. Medical personnel and firefighters entered the building on the heels of law enforcement, seeking to triage the “victims” and transport wounded to safety.

First responders were staged at the NBAS bus garage to avoid the unneeded risk of “running hot” throughout the county as they answered the call at the high school. First responders were staged at the NBAS bus garage to avoid the unneeded risk of “running hot” throughout the county as they answered the call at the high school.

More than 100 volunteers, including students and members of the public, participated in the exercise, playing the role of “victim” during the active shooter simulation. More than 100 volunteers, including students and members of the public, participated in the exercise, playing the role of “victim” during the active shooter simulation.

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