According to police, the gunman entered the school just after noon and shot special education assistant Michael Marks. The 56-year-old victim remains in serious condition and the 25-year-old gunman is in police custody.
Mt. Pleasant High School is implementing a new nation wide tip line designed to help prevent school violence.
An alert was sent out campus-wide just after 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, telling students, faculty and staff to shelter in place. The text identified the exercise as a drill that the school had planned and previously announced.
Most people are at a loss when trying to relate to the horrors and fear associated with a school or workplace shooting.
The cubes have been designed and tested to withstand the force of tornadoes with wind speeds of 261-318 mph. Quitman officials maximized the protection the cubes could offer by adding Ballistic Level III military-grade steel, which can resist rounds from semi-automatic weapons.
At least “one emergency law enforcement drill per semester” would have to be conducted to address emergencies like active shooter situations, according to the bill. The bill would also require students to be present when the drills were conducted.
According to data from the US Naval Postgraduate School’s K-12 school shooting database, there were 94 incidents of gun violence in schools this year.
"The intention isn't to create a simulation so real that it traumatizes the students, but rather to empower them to understand that in a crisis that they have choices that they can make,” Leigh said.
The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and no other students were hurt, according to Indiana State Police. Law enforcement arrived on the scene quickly because they had received a tip about a possible threat before the shooting.
Parents and students have criticized an Orlando-area school following a "Code Red" drill that created unnecessary chaos.