TYLER, TX (KLTV) - TJC held an active shooter drill on its campus Wednesday. It's their first time holding a drill of this nature, they said, and they were joined by several other entities from around the region.
"You train the way that you'll act," Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Tom Johnson said.
On scene were officers from the TJC Police Department and the Tyler Police Department, officials from Tyler Fire Department, and deputies from the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
The drill was held in the library, a location the university says was chosen for the number of people who are inside at any given time.
"It traditionally has faculty, students and community guests," Johnson said. "It has a great diversity of folks who come in there at any given time."
The drill simulated a deadly personal argument. Officers played out what would happen if someone was shot after a personal argument and the shooter hid out in the building.
As part of the simulation, text messages were sent to registered students, an announcement was made around campus and authorities secured the building.
"We want to keep TJC a safe place where people can come and get an education," Johnson said. "That's paramount."
Officials from Kilgore College and Trinity Valley Community College were also on site.
Classes begin next Monday at TJC.