WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Law enforcement agencies prepared for the upcoming school year Sunday with an active-shooter drill in one Passaic County town.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, it’s a situation Wayne police Sgt. Keith McDermott hopes he never has to face.
“You just get that mental mind-set, and then years down the road, even if it happens, you do what you’re trained for,” McDermott said.
The scenario featured civilians playing scripted roles of intruders, teachers and students, while responding law enforcement agencies were left in the dark on what to expect, CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported.
“You can’t be too prepared for the kind of tragedies we see all too often these days,” said Phread Ayres, a teacher who volunteered to play a staffer inside the besieged school.
The drill at Wayne Hills High School was designed to test officers in a double threat situation: two attackers, one with a gun and the other with a bomb.