Active shooter exercise delivers dose of reality

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Law enforcement officers cautiously make their way to the sound of simulated gunshots Monday during an active assailant exercise at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School. Inset, playing the roll of students in a classroom at Ellsworth Elementary School, local teachers prepare to defend themselves against the assailant.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The active assailant, played by Ellsworth Police Officer Jeff Weigel, makes his way into a classroom at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School during Monday’s exercise.

Being Prepared

It’s an unthinkable scenario everyone prays will never happen in their town: An active assailant enters a local school with a gun and starts hunting for teachers and students.

The reaction of teachers to such a nightmare situation was the focus of a training exercise Monday during a teacher in-service at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High, Kanopolis Middle and Ellsworth Elementary schools.

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