Mishawaka High School held a training exercise for teachers and students

Gunfire could be heard inside the halls of Mishawaka High School Friday.

Fortunately, the sounds were the result of blanks being fired by police officers. It was all part of an active training exercise for Mishawaka school workers who were taught what to do if a real gunman was roaming the hallways.

“Kind of gives them an idea of what it sounds like if they have no idea what it sounds like,” says Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Department. “So that they are there when it happens they are not going to freeze. You know everybody is going to jump when they hear gunfire and if it does happen it is going to help them get through that situation. We want them to think out of the box on what they can do to help protect themselves and their students.”

Police also let educators see and handle some bomb related items seized during a recent raid on a home that was located near an elementary school.

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