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Published February 21, 2013, 03:09 PM

Grafton Schools Take Part in Simulated Shooting to Assess Preparedness

Recent school shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut are prompting more schools to evaluate what to do in an emergency situation. Thursday, emergency services along with faculty and staff in Grafton schools took part in a simulated shooting to make sure they are prepared if anything like that happens.

Recent school shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut are prompting more schools to evaluate what to do in an emergency situation. Thursday, emergency services along with faculty and staff in Grafton schools took part in a simulated shooting to make sure they are prepared if anything like that happens.

This isn't the first time Grafton Schools have held an exercise like this, but it's been about six years. Faculty say it's a good way to learn how to communicate with each other, local law enforcement and ems to make sure people stay safe. Students did not have school today, which gave faculty and a handful of students the opportunity to act out what would happen in a shooting scenario. Emergency planning and incident associates came in to set up the scenario in which a boy was jealous in a relationship and came to the school to confront his girlfriend. The shooter used blanks so people know what it sounds like in the school halls and practiced where to hide and how to help others.

Wenck Associates run these exercises at schools around the tri-state area and managers say interest has doubled in the past year. Managers say that Grafton schools are very well equipped to deal with this situation, but practice helps to determine if anything needs to change.

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