Troy police hold active shooter drill at high school

March 16, 2018 01:23 PM

TROY - With the Parkland shooting on their minds, Troy police and school officials staged an active shooter drill at the high school on Friday morning.

The drill lasted about four hours and ended shortly before noon. It was actually about eight months in the making, but last month's shooting in Parkland, Florida added to the sensitivity and seriousness of it.

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Troy tried to make the drill as real as possible. It had a shooter, casualties, rapid response and instinct.

"Sometime in that time period, we don't know when it's going to be, the shooter will appear. At that point, there's no planning involved. It's just react as if you're in a real event and what our district safety plan calls for," said John Carmello, the Troy superintendent of schools.

City agencies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were part of the drill.

"This whole thing is about saving lives and that's what we're trying to do," said Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf. "God forbid if anything like this did happen, we'd be prepared and we'd be able to save as many lives as we could."

"With all the things going on in the world today, an event like this just helps us, God forbid something happens, helps us be the most prepared that we can be," said Carmello.

Students were not involved. They were off from school on Friday. Instead, teachers played roles as both teacher and students as first responders put into action things that are in the guidebooks and things that are not.

"I grew up here. I went to both of these schools. Obviously, there was nothing like this when I went to school. It was about math, science, reading and gym. You didn't worry about any of these kinds of things," said DeWolf.

The superintendent of schools says the drill actually had two shooters. They neutralized the one and introduced a second shooter. Not everybody knew what was going to happen throughout it.

The superintendent says it went well. They will plan a report and release further details after they get all the data together.




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