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GOODYEAR, Ariz. - It's a frightening reality -- mass shootings on college, high school and elementary school campuses across the United States.

On Wednesday, a similar situation played out at a valley high school, but this was a mock drill -- aimed at teaching first responders, students and staff how to react.

At 7 a.m., the alarm sounded.  Simulated shots rang out across the courtyard of Millennium High School.  Within seconds, injured students started pouring through the doors.

"In today's society, this could be a very real situation for us," said MHS Principal Tamee Gressett.

The Goodyear Police and Fire Departments conducted a school violence training exercise.  The scenario: multiple shots fired, an armed suspect on the loose.

"We had several injured patients on the ground," said GPD's Lisa Kutis.

The scene started outside and moved into classrooms, essentially preparing first responders, staff and students for any situation.

"We've got to allow them to make the scene and the area secure for us to go in and get the patients or we have to rely on them to bring the patients to us," said Battalion Chief Russ Braden of the Goodyear Fire Department.

Firefighters learned their role in such an intense situation.

2,200 teens attend MHS and the principal says exercises like this take the usual practice drills to the next level.

"It was important to us to increase the intensity, make it more real, bring some emotion.  When emotion comes into it, sometimes your decision making changes," said Gressett.

The Agua Fria School District called the Goodyear Police Dept., asking them to help with this drill, which lasted about 45 minutes.


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