Mock School Shooting Held in Mercer County

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Updated: 4/27/2013 3:32 pm
        More than 150 emergency responders, police and Mercer County School district faculty took part in a mock school shooting Saturday to prepare the community for a worse case scenario.

       Police and a 'shooter' used real guns firing blanks in the school to help faculty get a sense of what gunfire would sound like in a school.

      Some of the faculty even had red painted sploches on their clothes to represent gunshot wounds and acted out what they would do if they were shot, including screaming for help and faking seizures.

      The drill was planned more than a year and a half ago and helped first responders see what part of their emergency plan worked and what needs improvement.

     The entire drill was filmed by camera throughout the building so that emergency officials can go back and study the tape.

    Officials in Mercer County say they plan on holding more of these drills in the future.
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Mercer - 4/28/2013 9:51 AM
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As part of the event, I can tell you that there was no glorification of violence in the entire morning. Our police and emergency responders have no "real" experience in securing and dealing with a school shooting or emergency on that scale, including triage of victims with a variety of wounds and conditions, rescue of students in a shooting situation who may be shot, epileptic, or diabetic, all while trying to secure a location that's been compromised with intruders, possibly leaving IEDs. Unfortunately, we already live in a death culture, so it's incumbent upon the authorities to do whatever necessary to prepare themselves for real potential threats that could occur in our community. As a teacher who was involved in this event, I learned firsthand how a potential intruder event could realistically occur and feel better prepared to protect my students in the case of such an event.

believeitornot - 4/27/2013 10:44 PM
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Wahoo!! What a great idea to do a "live drill" in a school with fake blood and people flipping out. Welcome to the death culture as its alive and well in a small town near you. Never thought I'd see the day of such despair and depravity.
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