As tragic school shootings continue to occur around the country, DeRidder High School will exercise an "active shooter on campus" drill Dec. 19 to help formulate a specific plan of action in the case of such an emergency.
DHS Assistant Principal Harry Hooker told the Beauregard Parish School Board at its regular meeting Thursday that parents of students will be further notified of the drill via the communication system School Reach.
"We have a Code Blue where when students and teachers hear 'Code Blue,' they know they need to come inside, lock all doors and prepare ourselves to be safe, but we have not had an active shooter drill," he said.
Hooker said a question-and-answer session will be held with students, teachers and administrators following the drill.
"We will evaluate this drill to come up with a more specific plan of action," he said.
The exercise will be performed by school resource officers, first responders and local law enforcement agencies, Hooker said. During the drill, the school will go on lockdown.
In other business at the meeting, the school board failed to adopt a resolution agreeing to participate in a lawsuit filed by the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board against the state of Louisiana.
A letter sent to Superintendent Tim Cooley last month explained that the suit was filed on behalf of all school districts in Louisiana, seeking payment from the state of the 2.75 percent growth factor for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
"I just don't feel comfortable," Board Member Russell Havens said. "If you're suing the state, this is the people and the senators and representatives you elected, and it seems moot because in my 11 years I've been on the board, in all the times we've filed lawsuits, I've only see us win one time."
Board President David Vidrine agreed.
"I'm not real comfortable with biting the hand that ultimately feeds us," he said.