Bastrop High conducted a lockdown drill on Thursday morning in order to ensure that staff and students are equipped to properly handle an emergency situation, if one were to occur.

There are many different reasons for a lockdown to be initiated, such as a threat, an out of control student, someone with a weapon, an intruder or a weather-related event.

Campus officer Quickman Trotter said lockdown drills prepare for any type of crisis, and explained what happens during a lockdown drill.

"We secure the rooms and turn off the lights," he said. "Students and staff are instructed to stay away from windows and doors. The principal gets on the intercom and lets them know it is a practice drill."

Assistant principal Rene Fonte said there are procedures that are followed prior to the lockdown drill.

"We usually conduct these drills once a semester, but because of what happened in Florida yesterday, the district wanted us to do one this morning," Fonte said. "This morning all parents were alerted through our alert system letting them know that we would be having a practice lockdown. The administration met before the drill and were assigned designated areas. We use walkie-talkies to communicate. In fact, all administrators and custodians have a walkie-talkie at all times."

Trotter said that before the drill the sheriff's department is also notified, and this morning they sent four officers to assist with the drill.

"After the drill we are briefed on what went wrong so we can work on correcting it the next time," Trotter said. "Everything we do is to try and keep our kids safe."

During the recent Florida school shooting, the shooter pulled the fire alarm and then opened fire on the students and staff as they evacuated the classrooms. But fortunately, Bastrop High has a plan for that as well.

"If someone pulls the fire alarm here we first check the pull station and it will tell you exactly what the problem is," Fonte said.

Substitute principal Clarence Hawkins said the school's task is to make the environment safe and secure, with as little fear as possible.

"We want a peaceful environment, free of hostility," he said. "We want kids to know that it is important to say something if they see or hear something that concerns them. We want them to talk to someone if they have issues."

After the drill there were a few things that were criticized, Hawkins explained.

"There were a few faulty speakers," he said. "Also, some of the door locks were faulty as well. It is state law that the doors must be locked after class starts."

Hawkins said that although the school has a few things to improve, "good practice makes perfect."