Active shooter training held Saturday at Penn HS

It's become an all too familiar occurrence, someone walking into a school and shooting innocent people.

That's why several police and emergency agencies came together Saturday at Penn High School to make sure they're as prepared as possible if that were to ever happen here.

A section of Bittersweet Road was closed off for about four hours for the Active Shooter Training Event.

The video you are about to see could be disturbing to some. Please keep in mind this is all fake and costume make-up was used.

The event was set up in two different phases. In phase one, a shooter walked into the high school and opened fire.

“When one of my friends was actually wheezing next to me, I was just thinking, wow this is too realistic and the woman next to me was screaming and then my brother was sitting on the bench and she was shot and he was screaming, “my sisters, she’s gone”. That was, I was kind of taken back that was more emotional then I was expecting,” says Penn High School Student, Bailey O'Malley.

Shortly after, St. Joseph County Police responded.

“The protocol used to be for responding officers to surround the building and corner it off and wait for SWAT team to arrive. Well, realistically getting SWAT element together takes some time, time that could cost people their lives. So, now the protocol is for officers to respond is to gather into groups and enter the building and stop the active shooting and killing,” says Lt. Matt Blank.

Police brought victims out of the school in phase two and let those who were not injured go.

This event also gave the school an opportunity to see how well their surveillance system worked.

All members of the media and photographers had to stay out of the way of the cameras so when they look back at the video, they will see a realistic scenario.

They will then use that video to analyze what went well and what needs to be done differently.

The media did have restricted access and all official tactics were not disclosed.


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