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Santa Clarita Valley deputies practice school shooting scenario

Posted: June 20, 2013 5:39 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 5:39 p.m.

Deputy Chris Martin leads his contact team as they answer a call of "active shooters on school campus" during a training exercise at Arroyo Seco Junior High School in Valencia on Thursday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Nobody wants to think it could happen: an active shooter on a campus in the Santa Clarita Valley.

But Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies were training Thursday to ensure they would be ready if the unthinkable became reality.

In what has become an annual event teaming deputies with William S. Hart Union High School District officials, law enforcement and school administration ran through a scenario of a shooter at Arroyo Seco Junior High School.

School staff working with deputies helped them identify target areas on campus and create strategies based on the campus’s layout, event organizers said.

“We conducted our EASS training (Enhanced Active Shooter Strategy) in which we train deputies on how to respond to active-shooter scenarios, which would be a shooting taking place at a school, the mall, or any other public place like that,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detective Dan Finn.

“It is very important for us to practice these procedures should anything like this ever happen on one of our campuses,” said Kathy Hunter, director of student services for the Hart district.



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