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Published August 02, 2012, 09:00 PM

Area law enforcement hold school shooting preparedness drill

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- School violence and shootings are some of the scariest thoughts that linger in the back of every parents mind. Today, school districts and law enforcement agencies from across the Red River Valley gathered to make sure there is one concise plan in case the unthinkable ever happens.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- School violence and shootings are some of the scariest thoughts that linger in the back of every parents mind. Today, school districts and law enforcement agencies from across the Red River Valley gathered to make sure there is one concise plan in case the unthinkable ever happens.

From Columbine to Virginia Tech, we've all seen the tragedy play out right before our very eyes. In the wake of what happened at an Aurora movie theater, law enforcement agencies everywhere know they need to be prepared everyday for the unthinkable.

Paul Laney - Cass County Sheriff: "When you look at the number of school shootings around the nation, we need to be ready. The only way we are going to be ready is when we all work together."

The place: Ben Franklin Middle School. Three different haunting scenarios were played out all afternoon. We won't show you every detail to protect the tactical way in which officers attack these situations.

Paul Laney: "It's all about protecting the kids, that what this is about."

Scenes like this, police roaming school hallways with their guns drawn will take anyone's breath away. Teachers, administrators and officers alike all agree, it's these kind of intensive training exercises that will save lives.

Jennifer Frueh - Coordinator, Adult Learning Center: "It could happen happen here in our own backyards as much as we don't want it to. It's good to have our staff prepared for what could be."

Nobody ever imagines themselves in this situation, but because of these exercises, everyone abides by one set of rules aiming for one collective outcome: safety.

Paul Laney: "Doesn't matter who shows up, we are all going to be talking the same language, working from the same playbook, that's critical."

School officials also went through classroom training sessions all morning.

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