It's a scenario you can never be too prepared for, an active shooter in one of our schools. The Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department held a drill this morning that simulated such an event. Our Maria Valvanis has more.
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- A grisly picture that sends goose bumps up and down your spine; students shot, a teacher in a classroom full of kids, begging a shooter to let them go.
"The idea number one is to educate everybody involved," said Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief, George Bell.
Four scenarios were staged as part of an active-shooter training drill, for officers to respond to, based on real school shootings, like Sandy Hook and Columbine.
Sarah Cuddihy said, "I'm supposed to stay here and yell and scream and they're supposed to walk by me."
It's the third time the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department has used the school to practice, but the first time teachers and students were involved.
"I didn't expect it to be this dramatic actually, I'm like shaking," said Cuddihy.
"It's very scary and it's also very realistic doing it," said Conor Pembroke.
Carnan Robinson said, "It's not easy being the shooter, because I've spent my entire career trying to protect kids and help them succeed, so that part's hard for me"
Teachers tell us they have 12 fire drills a year, but practicing situations like this isn't required by law.
"Fires don't kill people, crazy people do," said Robinson.
"It doesn't feel good to have to practice these kinds of things, but it's really good that we're doing it," said Carl Flint.
The idea is of course to prepare for the unimaginable, and though it may bring a level of comfort to administrators today, they'll still be on their toes, tomorrow.
"It will be better and more natural, because you have practiced, but it still will over ride, I don't care how many times you practice for anything. In the situation people will still react differently," said Superintendent Vince Canini.
"We're not preventing active shooters by doing this training, what we're doing is saving lives," said Chief Bell.