Saratoga Springs police train for worst-case scenario at high school

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 18, 2020 01:18 PM
Created: February 18, 2020 12:52 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - There were bullets flying through the air Tuesday inside Saratoga Springs High School, but not to worry, it was only a drill.

It's a modern day reality in post-Columbine America. In fact, active shooter drills like this are being done in 95-percent of schools across the country.


Much of the training comes from lessons learned from other real-life active shooter incidents.

In many other schools across the country, students often play roles in the police scenario. That leads some experts to question whether simulated shootings might cause as much trauma for the kids as the real thing. However, kids were not involved in this particular drill.

Most police agencies will acknowledge there is very little data that shows the effectiveness of drills like this. In other words, these officers are unlikely to ever use this training in real life. That's a good thing.

Learn more about what goes into the training, and why they choose not to use actual students, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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