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Mock drill teaches officials how to handle school emergencies

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Law enforcement and school staff now have a better idea of how to react in a school shooting.

Authorities in Posey County fired blanks in a noisy and realistic training exercise at Farmersville Elementary North of Mt. Vernon.

The superintendent says the drill went very well. They ran several scenarios in different classrooms so teachers and law enforcement could follow along and take notes.

Indiana State Police, Posey County Sheriff's Deputies, and Mt. Vernon Police all participated Wednesday afternoon. There weren't any students in the  building during the exercise.

School officials say a mock drill like this one may be best practice and preparation for the real thing, should the situation arise.

Officials say it's important both faculty and law enforcement know what the other is doing in emergency situations.

"They shot blanks at the beginning of the door in case they had to get through the front door with gun fire, so they shot there and then they went through the process. So from that time of the first shots being heard automatically going into red door and then the intruder going through the building, we had our teachers take different notes," Mt. Vernon Superintendent Dr. Tom Kopatich said.

Dr. Kopatich says this is the first drill in the district, but they are considering running it at the other schools. Officials say they'll compare notes on what law enforcement and staff learned and go from there.

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