Oct 7, 2014 7:26 PM

Hollis police hold mock drill on Brookline High School campus


HOLLIS - It's a tragedy that has played out on school campuses throughout the country.

We're talk about school shootings and bomb hoaxes.

In the past week, police departments throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut have responded to nearly a dozen bomb hoaxes at schools and universities.

Now, one southern New Hampshire police department is putting in even more training to makes sure it doesn't happen in their community.

Hollis police were out in force at Brookline High School late Tuesday afternoon but they were only there for practice drills and not an actual emergency.

They were training for a worst-case scenario as if a shooter made their way onto campus.

"Immediately I just think what if this happens to us," said senior Mike Morgan, as he thought what if a person with a gun essentially held his school hostage.

When asked if he thought it could happen at his school, Morgan replied, "I don't. Honestly, I know a lot of the guys in Hollis Brookline really well and they're all a great bunch of guys. Everyone's really friendly and nice. Quite a family here."

But Hollis police know there's no telling what could happen and that's why they trained once again on Tuesday for what they call an "active shooter" situation. To them, it's an alleged gunman in a hallway or classroom of a school that is essentially holding the school hostage.

"We certainly hope nothing ever happens like this or nothing serious ever happens but we want to be prepared for any eventuality," said Hollis Police public information officer Lt. Richard Mello.

Hollis police say they know it can happen anywhere, even in their small town, and that's why they practice so much.

When asked why they put in countless man-hours for training, Mello replied, "It's to make sure we can provide a service to this community that we can save lives if we're ever put, if we're ever put, into that situation."

It's training senior Mike Morgan said is definitely worth it.

"It's better safe than sorry, honestly, especially in today's world where you can't be 100 percent sure but I'm very glad that they're thinking ahead like this," said Morgan.

After the mock drills, police hold a de-briefing to figure out what they did well and more importantly, what they need to work on so they can be more effective in next time's drill, worse yet, real-life scenario.


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