Ogemaw Heights High School Hallways Filled with Police for Armed Shooter Training

Guns, gunshots and police storming hallways…

It is all a part of training to stop a potential armed gunman from hurting our kids in school.

Today, police from many parts of Northern Michigan took part in extensive, realistic scenarios to help be ready for active shooters.

The armed gunman training brought law enforcement agencies to Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch.

9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman joined officers in the hallways to take part in the intensive scenarios.

They have more details.


"It’s one of those tragic situations we hope never happens here but if it does, we are prepared to answer it," says Sp. 1st Lt. David Kaiser, Michigan State Police.

Gunshots, shouts and the sight of police pushing down a hallway…

All things we never want to hear inside our schools.

"Safety is important for us," says Jon Good, principal of Ogemaw Heights High School. "It’s our top priority and so it is important to be prepared."

But this is a practice scenario.

This week, law enforcement agencies from seven different departments gathered at Ogemaw Heights High School to train for possible violent situations…

…where kids could be in danger.

"Up here in the West Branch area, it’s kind of rural," Lt. Kaiser says. "Not one agency has enough people to respond to a situation like this so we know if the situation was to happen that anybody in the area as far as our law enforcement partners would be responding."

And it is as realistic as it gets.

The bullets are blanks, but the guns are real.

"It’s very realistic," Good says. "In fact, it’s very impressive to see how realistic it is and to know that in the event of an emergency, these guys have been through the training at as real as it can get."

"You train like you work. you work like you train," Lt. Kaiser says. "If you do this training realistic when the real things happen, you are going to fall back on that training in a high stress situation."

If there is one thing officers and parents can take home, it’s the lesson behind the lesson…

"We just want to make sure that everybody is prepared and we take this very seriously," Good says.