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On the heels of recent school related tragedies throughout the nation, police are conducting an active shooter drill within the Ellenville School District as officials review their current safety procedures. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the day's exercise.
ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -- “It’s meant to be a stressful event to test the real situation, a real life situation and we want to be able to make it as real as possible,” said Ellenville Police Chief Philip Mattracion.
The life-like scenario of students and staff in distress within a school as police, SWAT teams and EMS set up shop outside an Ellenville school and enter the building ready to react.
“You have different scenarios that could take place that could range anywhere from a hostage taking scenario to a disgruntled parent coming into the building with a gun,” said Mattracion.
Drills aimed to test the response of area police, along with an additional 250 district teachers and support staff, should an “active shooter” situation ever occur.
“Basically, what we’re trying to do is get that mindset of survival,” said Ulster County Undersheriff Frank Faluotico. “Just like we're training the students every day through teachers, we have to train our teachers through police officers.”
It’s important to remain mindful in the wake of all the tragedy.
“People will be exposed to what this could look like and get the feel of what it could be,” said Ellenville School District Superintendent Lisa Wiles. “We're always concerned about safety and the well being of all our students and the community and the staff.”
It’s a collaborative effort through a large concentration of manpower and months of planning to stress the importance of preparation and safety in area schools.
Officials say they plan on conducting safety drills throughout every district within the county. The next time and location has yet to be decided.