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Local schools are preparing for active shooter situations

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It's something many parents don't want to think about and most think will never happen to them. But, the question remains, if a shooter opened fire at your child's school, are police and school staff ready?

In the days and weeks after the Sandy Hook Shooting, many area schools have taken a closer look at their building security.

Friday, faculty and staff from Dallas City Elementary and LaHarpe Elementary prepared for the worst.

The teachers were learning how to protect themselves and their students if there was an armed suspect on school grounds.

"A lot of teachers have their own thought process on what could happen in our own building," said Principal Lori Bilbrey.

Bilbrey called on the Illinois State Police to come and give the "active shooter training" presentation to her staff.

"School safety is as the forefront of our vision right now and we need to make sure that we keep kids safe and this was a top priority for me," explained Bilbrey.

With the recent shootings, troopers say more schools are preparing their staff to be ready for anything.

"Since Newtown we've had a lot more requests for this so our calendar has been getting busier and busier," said Trooper Neal Merry.

The main purpose is to show teachers the correct way to deal with an active shooter in their building.

"We're not necessarily teaching teachers how to take out a shooter, or something like that," said Merry. "We're teaching them how to survive an active shooter and different things they can do to protect themselves."

Bilbrey says she's trying to be pro-active in thinking and planning for her school.

"If we've never thought about an incident occurring in our building, if we've never given it a care or a worry then we're going to be less prepared," said Bilbrey.

In the next couple weeks Bilbrey says police officers will walk through Hancock County schools to make sure they know their way around each facility.

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