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Active shooter drill raises concern for some in Colby School District


Colby (WAOW) - An active shooter drill at Colby High School has some questioning if the staff went too far.

The active shooting drill happened Monday at 12:30 p.m.

An email went out about 10 minutes before, but not all students or staff were aware it was just a drill.

According to the school district, the school often puts on drills like this, but this time it was different.

Students were at lunch when they were made to believe a gunman entered the high school and started firing, but the bullets were just blanks shot by a police officer.

Superintendent Steven Kolden said school leaders didn't intend to scare the kids, but the only way for them to learn is through authentic drills.

"How do we improve what we are doing if kids know its a drill and know its coming?" Kolden questioned.

One student made a run out of the building for safety.

"I went out through the parking lot to a grassy area, and then went through the woods, and I actually found someone's backyard to go hide in," said high school senior, Emily Gurtner. "I tried to call 911, but I couldn't because I was so shaky I couldn't dial the numbers."

The senior also said if she knew it was a drill, she wouldn't have taken action immediately. She said she's grateful the school handled it the way they did. 

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