Houston School District employees engaged last Thursday in annual intruder training at Houston High School. The exercise was with Spearpoint LLC, a Houston firm, along with assistance from the Houston Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Department of Conservation. Instruction was given in a group setting, along with actual simulations in the building. Credit: BRAD GENTRY | HOUSTON HERALD

Staff at the Houston R-1 School District participated last Thursday in the district’s annual active shooter and intruder training. The three-hour session included hands-on drills and simulated lockdowns on campus.

“Your students are in good hands with the Houston school system,” said Tim Ceplina of Spearpoint LLC, a Houston firm. “Your teachers care about them, and they care enough to do everything in their power to protect them, even at risk to themselves.”

Ceplina, a former law enforcement officer who served as Houston Police Department chief, led the training and exercises. Participating also were Houston School Resource Officer Josh Green and officers from the Houston Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Department of Conservation.

Ceplina taught the “run, hide, fight” method of dealing with possible threats. 

“The staff responded fantastically,” Ceplina said. 

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