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Waterloo Schools Active Shooter Training
WATERLOO (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Within seconds, a gunman takes over a George Washington Carver Academy library.
He then moves quickly to the cafeteria targeting teachers, students, and anyone in sight.
When youre in that, all the thinking and planning youve done can change in an instant, said teacher Sarah Goodwin.
Its a scary scene police and waterloo school officials never want to see happen.
Using real life scenarios, officers, teachers, and school staff were drilled Wednesday on what to do if a gunman were to ever enter their school.
School shootings can and do happen so Waterloo schools are committed to doing everything it can to be proactive, said Tara Thomas, director of school and community relations.
Using simulated bullets, an officer with an M-16 rifle played out five scenarios, forcing teachers to hide, run, or fight back.
Whatever comes toward them is part of the scenario, said Captain Tim Pillack of the Waterloo Police Department. We want to see how the officers react, but we want to see how the teachers react.
Protected by helmets, teachers hid in closets and under desks, but mostly ran to safety.
A moving target is a lot harder to hit than someone whos hunkered down, Goodwin said. And, thats been a key idea.
It really forces the emotions and everything about its execution to be as close to the best practice we can do, Thomas said.