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Lancaster Police Get Realistic Active Shooter Training

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LANCASTER, Ohio -

Lancaster police give you an inside look into their active shooter training with local schools as students and staff volunteer at Thomas Ewing Junior High School to make the simulation as real as possible.

Several different drills were conducted Monday, dealing with run, hide and fight -- with the goal of making the simulation as real as possible.

In one simulation, officers arrive at the school, and as they enter the building, students are trying to get out.

With the help of drama students from the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, officers were at the school to teach students and teachers about the different options they can use to keep themselves out of harm's way in emergency situations.

"The officers take away the realism that it could happen. They are taking away appreciation for what the teachers and the students are actually going through," said Sgt. Mike Peters, of Lancaster police.

The final drill involved Lancaster police using simulation rounds of plastic bullets with red paint tips, which let officers know if they have been hit and practice using their own gun.

The training was not just for officers. 30 teachers from the school conducted simulations in the classrooms.

Eighth-grade teacher Kelly Destadio's role was to get police to help a wounded student. She said the training was eye-opening.

"I didn't realize that they are not going to stop to help those students. So helpful to know that even if a student is down or a teacher is down that my first job is to get all my students out of the building," she said.

Principal Steve Poston said that they are trying to get away from using just lockdowns and give teachers more options.

"You know, there is all kind of scenarios. The staff has to learn that they are empowered to make the decision best for the kids. Protect themselves and protect our kids," Poston said.

The training session was recorded on video, and the Lancaster school district hopes to take the video and use it as training for other schools in the district.

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