GSW, SGTC students go through active school shooting drill

Students from South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern University alongside first responders went through an active school shooting simulator./ Credit: Alexandria Ikomoni

Students from South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern University alongside first responders went through an active school shooting simulator on Thursday that couldn't have felt any more real.

These schools are working to prepare EMT and nursing students for these kinds of emergencies by having them work with experienced professionals in this field to know how to handle it.

Tyler Daniel, SGTC EMT student, found his calling when he tragically lost two close friends in the line of duty.

"The only thing I could think about is being there for them and helping them,” Daniel said.

So, he decided to go to school and become a first responder.

"I don't want to sit back and know what's going on,” Daniel said. “I want to be in there and do what's right."

There was no time for him to sit back during the simulated active school shooting drill.

"They're going to have gunshot victims,” Sumter County EMA Director Nigel Poole said. “All victims will have makeup that looks like gunshot wounds, abrasions, scraps, cuts and some people will be playing dead people."

And with recent school shootings across the country, Poole said it's important to make sure everyone is prepared.

"We want to make sure that if we ever have one of these incidents, we are trained and we know what to do,” Poole said.

Even though the drill was filled with fake blood and wounds, Tyler Daniel knows that this could be a real-life emergency.

"Blood is rushing a little bit,” Daniel said. “It's scary to think that this could actually happen."

And he feels prepared to handle what may come when he's a first responder, and doesn't plan on changing his career.

"Whether it's a stubbed toe, cramp in their leg, gunshot wound or knife, I really do love it,” Daniel said.

Daniel and some of the students will be graduating in August. He plans on going to paramedics school.

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