A release from the Director of Moore County Schools Chad Moorehead
For years our school system has provided safety training for teachers, staff and students. Many types of training are conducted with the assistance of other county departments, but especially the Moore County Sheriff’s Department and the Emergency Management Agency.
The training and drills that have been occurring in our school system were put to the test earlier this week. As students were moving to the gym for a presentation on the dangers of driving impaired or distracted; administrators, teachers, the school resource officer, and students saved the life of one of our own.
While walking to the gym a student suddenly collapsed in the hallway literally at the feet of an assistant principal and other students. One of the students, a Senior, immediately started assisting the assistant principal in administering aid to the collapsed student and calling 911. Multiple other students ran to find other administrators and the school resource officer. Within seconds other teachers and students were providing assistance with the collapsed student. Other students began creating a barrier and re-directing the students that were still attempting to enter the gym unaware of the situation in the hallway in front of them. Once the SRO reached the student, he helped the assistant principal roll the student onto his back and immediately determined that CPR was necessary. Shortly after CPR was started the principal ran around the corner after retrieving the nearest AED from the building. Once the AED was in place the device recommended delivering a shock to the student. The senior remained on the phone with 911 describing what was taking place throughout the event. Our school nurse was contacting the student’s parents. A third administrator prepared the building and entrance for the Moore County Emergency Management Agency team. After the AED was deployed the Sheriff and members of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department began arriving in the building to assist. Soon thereafter the Public Safety Director and ambulance arrived. As a testament to the advanced preparedness that has been a team effort with all Moore County departments, our student was awake as paramedics arrived and prepared transport to life flight.
Members of Vanderbilt UMC confirmed to the parents that their child’s life was saved in the hallway at Moore County High School by his school administrators, SRO, teachers, and classmates.
As Director of Schools, “I cannot express in words how proud I am of every person involved in this incident. A student’s life was saved inside our hallways this week. If you have a child in our school buildings, they are walking amongst true heroes. We live in a very special place. Please do not take for granted the way our county departments work together for our community and especially our children.”