Don't Be Alarmed, It's Only A Drill

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM EDT


Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Shots ran out and victim's fell to the ground but don't be alarmed, it's is only a drill.

"It at a high school type scenario. Three bad guys take over school and shoot someone. The student are going to act as victims," Niagara Falls Police Lt. David Kok said.

More than 50 Niagara Falls police and emergency crews teamed up with students at the high school on this drill called the "Active Shooter" training. Once shots rang out, the police kicked it into high gear. Then, they had another roadblock, a hostage situation within the pseudo school.

"Training to help negotiate peaceful resolution. If that does not work we are training to enter and eliminate the threat inside the classroom," Kok said.

Junior Toria DiSefano was asked to be a victim with a shot to the stomach. She said the drill is important for many reasons.

"It's nice that our police first not only are they coming up with a procedure to keep us safe but they are interacting with students and reaching out to the younger generation who may want to join the police force," DiStefano said.

Police were also lined up outside, making sure they had every angle of the training covered. The entire drill was done at vacant building in the city, which was once the police department.

"Because the active shooter situation is prevalent across the nation. We don't want to make the assumption that it can never happen here, we want to be prepared," Kok said.