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Local high schools practice active shooter drills

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (02/15/18) - Eighteen school shootings in 45 days. 2018 is ranking up to be one of the deadliest years for school massacres. Fox 5 reached out to different area schools to see what they would do if an active shooter situation happened here at home.

At Nixa high school it’s apart of their regular schedules.

Zac Rantz, Nixa public schools says, “Ever since Columbine, that kind of initiated it, and more active shooter events happen you just make it apart of your regular schedule because it’s a reality of what we are dealing with.”

Rantz says kids know what to do with a fire and tornado drill so they should be aware of this situation too and practice multiple scenarios.

And if the unfortunate did happen, Rantz says, "I don’t think you could ever be ready for a crisis. What happens, as much as you prepare there’s always going to be an unknown situation.”

And at Glendale, the school says they are constantly updating their security plans. “We do have our training drills during the school day when students are present," says Natalie Cauldwell, Glendale's principal. "So students are a part of that.”

The police work closely with the school districts doing annual training, themselves, if the unfortunate were to happen.

Lieutenant Laub says officers are more reactive since Columbine. "It’s difficult to replicate that type of environment but we do understand the importance of doing that and we try our best to do so.”

He says the best thing you can do if you find yourself in that situation is to first run, than hide, and as a last resort fight.

Experts say if you see or hear something odd or out of place with someone don’t be afraid to speak up and say something. You could save a life.

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