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Drill Practices School Shooter Scenario in Selah

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With the recent string of violence on school campuses, officials everywhere are on the lookout, even locally in the Yakima Valley. Monday, the Selah School District performed their first ever active shooter drill. With the recent string of violence on school campuses, officials everywhere are on the lookout, even locally in the Yakima Valley. Monday, the Selah School District performed their first ever active shooter drill.
SELAH, WA - With the recent string of violence on school campuses, officials everywhere are on the lookout, even locally in the Yakima Valley. Monday, the Selah School District performed their first ever active shooter drill.

The situation at Selah Intermediate School involved a parent angry over custody of their child. The shooter, played by an actor, entered the school with a gun and pretended to shoot the principle. That's when the life-like drill began.

It's a situation we all hope our schools are prepared for, but never have to face, a school shooting. 
"Nobody likes to think that something like this would ever happen anywhere," drill director Jim Hall said. "But all you have to do is look at the news and know it does happen. We need to be ready, we need to have our people ready."

Actors, posing as injured kids lined the hallways as SWAT personal act out the scenario of an armed intruder in the Selah Intermediate School. They go room by room to find and apprehend the shooter, then rush kids out of the school and tend to the injured.

"It's not just about locking down," Selah Superintendent Shane Backlund said. "It's about evacuating people that you need to evacuate. It's about getting kids and staff to a safe area as soon as possible."

The specifics of the drill were only known to a few individuals before it actually started. The police, school administrators and emergency personal are acting as if this is actually happening. The drill is so life-like, some actors even played the roll of concerned parents trying to enter the school and help their kids get out of the shooters way.

"People learn by doing, and that's what this is about," Jim Hall said. "We're looking at and testing the plans and procedures that are in place right now."
"It's not real," Backlund said. "But we still had those feelings like we needed to be reacting and responding appropriately. It was a little tense."

A spine chilling day, even just for a drill. But if done right, this drill can help save lives in the worst case scenario. The Selah School Superintendent says this drill was put in place in direct response to the school shootings in Sandy Hook and elsewhere. Hopefully this prepares our area to better respond to such an unbelievably terrible situation. 
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