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shooterBELLINGHAM, Wash. — If a crisis such as the Connecticut school shooting were to happen in Washington state, local law enforcement agents want to be ready.

That’s why the  Whatcom County Sheriff`s Department conducted a mass shooting drill at Wade King Elementary school on Wednesday.

During the drill, the school bell at Wade King Elementary still rang. But instead of ringing as a way to let students out, the bell signified tactical teams with guns were headed into the school.

“We’re practicing for some kind of intruder, potentially armed, on the school campus,” said Doug Chadwick, Chief Criminal Deputy of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department.

The law enforcement officers going through the shooter drill at Wade King still don’t have the details about how police responded in Newtown, but they said training in an actual school helps a lot.

“Our goal here is to be familiar, be prepared,” Chadwick said. “The goal ultimately is a rapid response and a quick intervention if some tragedy like that was to occur in our jurisdiction.”

Other schools in Washington conducted their own emergency drills Wednesday.Many school district officials are beginning to discuss what changes, if any, can be made to help make our schools safer.

Police response has changed significantly in the years since Columbine, officials said. Back then, police set up a perimeter around the school to contain the shooter. Now, officers immediately go into the building and go towards the suspects.

According to local security consultant Jeff Slotnick the new idea is meant to minimize harm for students.

“The expectation is to move to the shooter as fast as possible,” Slotnick said. “We now know, based on history, that a rapid response, with people that are prepared and equipped to go in immediately and intervene is going to save lives.”

And Slotnick said saving lives is the end goal.

“That’s the whole goal here, to save lives,” Slotnick said.

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  • COLA

    How many locked doors are there between a shooter out side the building and the kids? Look at a ship with water tight compartments. If the hull in punctured the doors close. Look at how fire doors work to slow the spread of fire.
    Class rooms can act the same way. In the event of trouble the alarm goes off the the electric locks lock. Class room doors are locked on hall side. Teachers stands at door letting stray kids in. Lock keeps shooter out.
    If a shooter does get into the build then his moments must be confined NOW!!! to limit loss. If you don't then all the swat team will find are dead bodies because the shooter was allowed to roam around and kill.