Officers train in a school shooting drill at Newberry Elementary. (June 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Officers stormed Newberry Elementary School after a gunman opened fire Thursday, but the shooting was just an emergency preparedness drill.
Deputies responded to the school after a gunman opened fire - luckily the gun wasn't real and the bullets were fake, but deputies said the threat of a school shooting is very real, and they want to be ready.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said it's a worst-case scenario, but with more mass shootings happening across the country, he wants his team prepared.
"A proper response or an improper response can weigh so heavily on a community," said Foster.
From agencies throughout the county, some of the officers posed as gunmen while others pretended to be children during Thursday's drill.
Foster said the school's layout, with long hallways lined with doors, mixed in with hundreds of hysterical children would be a deadly combination for responding law enforcement in a real shooting.
"You've got to be cautious that the guy who is doing the shooting could be in any one of those places and could pop out," said Foster.
Besides a few bruises from the training ammunition, all the students, cops and even bad guys made it through the school shooting training unharmed.
And Foster, who's been sheriff for 24 years and has yet to experience a school shooting in his county, said if and when the real thing happens, hopefully this training will yield the same result then too.
Once the school year begins, teachers and administrators will take a refresher course on what to do in the event of a shooting.
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