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Mt. Juliet Holds Realistic School Shooting Drill

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. - It's a live fire shooting drill with a scenario that's all too real. A gunman takes over Mt. Juliet High School this afternoon, wounding students and taking a School Resource Officer hostage. Police are preparing to respond to a tragedy like the one last year in Newtown, Connecticut. It's only a drill, but organizers say the lessons learned could very well save lives. The scenario isn't real, but it certainly looks like it. Right down to real students giving up part of their Fall break to help police prepare for an emergency they hope will never happen.

Students are injured and scared and police are running emergency traffic. They roll in at high speed with weapons drawn. In this drill, one School Resource Officer is down and a 2nd is being held hostage in the school cafeteria. Just like it would in real life, news of what happened is spreading like wildfire. Officers and Sheriff's Deputies work with other emergency responders to control the perimeter while others move inside to engage the shooter. Police used to wait and try to negotiate, but deadly mass shootings in recent years have prompted them to shift tactics and engage the shooter as quickly as possible in an effort to save lives.

Sheriff Robert Bryan, who has officers in every school, says learning to work with other agencies in a crisis is critical. This was actually the city's 2nd mass shooting drill of the day. Mt. Juliet Police staged a similar exercise earlier in the day at an elementary school.

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