Active shooters were set loose at Preston County High School Saturday Morning but don't worry, it was all a part of a mock disaster learning exercise. Commissioners organized this even to help prepare students, faculty, and local authorities in case something dangerous would ever happen on campus, like the incident at Columbine High School.
Organizers had Challenge Academy Cadets and Volunteer students sit in the gymnasium when a flash bomb went off. This flash bomb injured some and caused others to flee into the hands of an active shooter. Now remember, this was all a mock event so no one was actually hurt.
"I think history just shows that there have been incidences in schools that you need to have some training for. It's a real active
situation here. It's real life," said Vicki Cole, County Commissioner
"I thought it would be something neat to do and it's good community service. It's a great experience and it's good practice if the real thing
ever does happen. We don't know what's all going on so this is an element of surprise for us," said Luke Massey, Student Body President.
Throughout the event, most members were kept in the dark to make it as real as possible. The active shooter didn't just run around. Hostages were taken, negotiations were made, and every group that came out Saturday played a crucial role from helping people escape to aiding injuries.
"A lot of different agencies are working together to make this happen and it's just excellent training on a lot of different fronts. Everybody
who has set this up has tried to create as many different scenarios so you have a lot of different things going on at one time," Dave Price, County Commissioner and Chairman of Emergency Planning Committee.
Organizers said they hope an activity like this will help students be prepared if they ever have to face an emergency situation. They also hope it will help local authorities keep up with the skills they learned years ago to help save lives.