Several students have been shot and lay dying in the hallways. Many other students and faculty remain in danger as the gunmen go room-to-room throughout the campus, firing randomly at whoever crosses their paths.
Reports to 9-1-1 from faculty inside the school are sketchy. Descriptions of the two gunmen, who are apparently students, are inconsistent.
That was the scenario presented Goliad County Sheriff’s Office deputies during Saturday’s training exercise at GMS. GCSO Captain Tom Copeland coordinated the day-long simulated drills that included four volunteer students from Victoria’s East and West high schools, who played the roles of the gunmen and injured students.
GCSO Deputy Cameron Boyd said he experienced an adrenalin rush during the drill as he searched the dark hallways and schoolrooms for the assailants.
“Even though you know it’s just a training scenario, like any training, you try to take it as serious as you can,” said Boyd, who has been with the GCSO for 1 1/2 years. “The more training we get, the better we can prepare for it in case it happens.”
All involved in the drills, including the gunmen, were armed with live pellet guns. The deputies and gunmen fired pellets at each other during the exercise inside the school building.
Copeland said the GCSO is mandated to have at least one of the training sessions per year, but he plans on holding more at various schools in Goliad.
“It’s good to be familiar beforehand with all the schools,” Copeland said. “We’re going to try to do this as often as possible. With a shortage of manpower, it’s hard to do it as much as we need to. But I anticipate us trying to do this at least three or four times a year.”