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Agawam elementary students participate in active shooter training

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AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An active shooter in school scenario played out as if it were real in Agawam. 

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade practiced evacuating from their elementary school on Wednesday. 

Active shooter training is called ALICE, and it’s the latest training for schools. 

Agawam schools have been implementing it slowly into their schools, and the one at the Granger School had more than 200 students participate evacuating in the event of an active shooter situation.

The Granger School was the first in the district to drill this part of the active shooter training that they have been working on all year long.
 
"I think today went really well. Everyone was on board and doing the drill," said Granger School Principal, Cheryl Salomao. 
 
Students had their hands up, with fingers spread while walking in a zig-zag pattern, because bullets shoot straight.

"It's not always an easy thing to practice with young children knowing what we are practicing for, and just that look of seeing kids leaving the building with their hands up is a little alarming at first," said Salomao.
 
She said this training is important, and now, no matter where these kids go in life, they will know what to do in an emergency.
 
"We used to say I hope it doesn’t happen here, but now we put hope behind us because hope is a terrible strategy. That’s why we are going through these reality based drills," said Agawam Public Schools Safety Director, John Nettis. 
 
Parents that we spoke with said they were supportive of this training.
 
"I feel good about it because we need it but at the same time its nerve wrecking that we need to have these things in place now," said Kara Gaynor. 

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