Spokane high schoolers act in school shooting prevention film

Spokane high schoolers act in school shooting prevention film

The tragic school shooting in Santa Fe that claimed the lives of ten people Friday is forcing students in Spokane to think ahead.

Dozens of students from North Central and Lewis & Clark High Schools went to class Sunday to work on a project they hope will save lives. The student volunteers were actors in an educational film called “Beyond Lockdown,” which aims to educate the public on how to prevent and respond to a school shooting.

Randy Spivey, founder and CEO of the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, said the film will focus on the red flags in behavior to look out for.

“We’re going to talk about how can you recognize the warning signs that the kids are progressing towards violence before they actually act out,” Spivey said.

Lucas Lewis is a freshman at North Central High. He said recent school shootings in Spokane, Parkland and Santa Fe has him rethinking his safety at school.

“I mean, I don’t think it would happen, but I’m guessing at those other schools, they didn’t think it would happen there either,” Lewis said.

Lewis said he volunteered in an effort to keep school shootings from claiming the lives of students just like him.

“Something needs to change. so I thought if I could help in any part at all, it would be good and worthwhile,” Lewis said. “If it saves even one life, it’s worth the eight hours.”

Students portrayed the behavioral changes to watch out for and demonstrated the “run, hide, fight” approach to an active shooter on campus. They were scheduled for seven hours of filming.

The film is expected to be about 12 to 14 minutes long and is projected to be released in June. Spivey said it will be free to the public.