ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) - The situation isn't real, but what teachers take away from it will be.
Students had the day off at Northmont, but teachers watched and participated in a simulated school shooting.
The guns and bullets were plastic, but organizers tried to make everything else unfold as it would if a shooter entered Northmont High School from smoke in the halls to how long it would take officers to get there.
"I know some of them will think about, 'If this is a real situation, what do I do?'," says Northmont Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik. "'How do I handle it?'"
No longer are teachers being told to simply lock the door and wait if a shooter's in the school.
"We don't have to be sitting ducks," says Northmont teacher Julie Marshall. "We can be proactive. Do something to help ourselves."
But Ohio only requires training situations like this once a year, while fire drills are required once a month.
"That's why we haven't had a school fire death in decades because our building is safer and people are prepared for fire responses," says School Resource Officer Corey Follick with the Englewood Police Department. "We want them to have the same level of preparedness for an attack on the school."
Officers say that's why Northmont does these kind of drills more often, but to require schools to practice more would take a change in state law.
"Locally we're doing it more frequently, four times a year, so we can make sure our staff and students become more comfortable with the drill," Follick says.
Now teachers will head back to their classrooms with new lessons in mind.
"Today was one of the most beneficial in-services I have ever done at school," Marshall says.
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