School shooter training drill rattles students at Millennium High

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Police: "We have to be prepared."

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A loud bang goes off in the middle of Millennium High School and when the smoke clears, dozens of kids are lying on the ground.

It sounds terrifying, but it's not real. At least not this time. It was a mock drill that took place in the West Valley Wednesday morning.

The Goodyear Police Department and the Goodyear Fire Department staged this training exercise to prepare teachers for a shooter on campus, something that has happened time after time at schools throughout the country.

The students wore makeup to illustrate their injuries.

"It was real! I started to get nervous when I heard the bang," student Ruben Martinez said.

Goodyear police say this kind of drill is necessary in this day and age.

"We are seeing more of these incidents across the country and on the news, so we have to be prepared," Lisa Kutis, the Goodyear Police Department's public information, said.

The 45-minute training had officers running through campus and clearing building after building. Some teachers even had to be escorted with hands behind their heads to the "safe zone" in the cafeteria.

The training ended with the gunman taking his own life. The whole exercise was a reminder of the potential dangers schools face on a daily basis.

"It reminded me to be nice to everyone," Unique Heard said. "You never know what pushed someone to do something like that."

This week alone, there were three reported shootings at or near schools in San Francisco, Prattville, Ala. and Griffith, Ind. Those incidents did not involve students.