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"We did a lockdown drill during lunch and it went well. Everyone felt safe, so I think we have the most vulnerable time covered," says Weston Dean "We did a lockdown drill during lunch and it went well. Everyone felt safe, so I think we have the most vulnerable time covered," says Weston Dean
"Our teachers were stationed outside in the parking lot, and they were grabbing us as we were driving in, they put us in different rooms with locked doors," says Tyler Vogel "Our teachers were stationed outside in the parking lot, and they were grabbing us as we were driving in, they put us in different rooms with locked doors," says Tyler Vogel
"You can't overdrill, you can't overdrill, we have to stay vigilant and ready for anything to happen," says Associate Principal Jerry Schaeffer. "You can't overdrill, you can't overdrill, we have to stay vigilant and ready for anything to happen," says Associate Principal Jerry Schaeffer.

School shootings are a real threat at any campus. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott knows that, and is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to keeping your kids safe. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what tools he wants you to use so your child is ready for the worst.

How your child reacts in a school shooting can be the difference between life and death. So Abbott suggests school districts bring the subject to the forefront of everyone's mind, so they're ready for the worst.

Emergency drills, campus crime stoppers, information sharing; these are all tools the state wants schools to use so they're ready if disaster strikes. The good news is, local school like Canyon High, are already doing it - these pictures prove it.

"We did a lockdown drill during lunch and it went well. Everyone felt safe, so I think we have the most vulnerable time covered," says Weston Dean, a senior at Canyon High School.

"Our teachers were stationed outside in the parking lot, and they were grabbing us as we were driving in, they put us in different rooms with locked doors," says Tyler Vogel, a senior who has been through several drills.

"At Canyon High School these are things we talk about constantly that we feel we are vigilant about. You can never be too safe, you can never emphasize school safety enough," says Associate Principal Jerry Schaeffer.

Some seniors have been through so many drills, they serve as roll models for the younger students.

"If they see a senior being serious, they know to take it serious because they know this could eventually happen to us if we aren't serious during the drills, we won't be serious when it actually happens," says Vogel. 

Schaeffer says when it comes to safety, you can't over do it.

"You can't overdrill, you can't overdrill, we have to stay vigilant and ready for anything to happen," says Schaeffer. 

The Attorney General will take a trip around the state in the next few months, to speak with students and teachers about his initiative.

Log onto www.oag.state.tx.us to check out the initiative and DVD video.

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