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They call it an “active shooter” drill, and it aims to prepare students in the event that some gun-wielding psycho will come on campus with an intent to kill.Amanda Wilcox of the Jacksonville Daily News reports that students on Camp Lejuene’s High School (Lejuene High) was a part of the school’s “Urgent Response Training” and included help from Marines. The scenario was acted out in painful detail, and painted a grisly scene.
From the report:
Two Marines, dressed casually and carrying mock assault rifles, made their way up the school grounds from the parking lot and encountered two other Marines who were posing as students. The Marines with the plastic guns “shot” the two Marines outside β wounding them both β then made their way into the front office, still shooting, to the main hallway and ultimately to the gymnasium where they “shot” more than 30 Marines posing as students attending a physical education class.
Administrators assigned the ‘shot’ Marines actual student names, to give the teachers practice in maintaining attendance. Almost everyone got some training, in fact β the students learned how to mitigate ‘active shooters’ and how to care for patients; the Marine police responded and took out the threat; and medical first responders treated the ‘injuries.’
“One of our biggest threats to the installation would be an active shooter,” Joe Hanks, director for the exercise, told Wilcox. “With the recent news events … we just want to make sure that we are prepared to handle this kind of situation.”
Indeed, mass school shootings have doubled since Columbine, so the threat is certainly real. Camp Lejuene, though, is one of two main Marine bases in the country, and home to more than 43,000 Marines β so the kids shouldn’t feel too threatened.
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