This week’s assault by a heavily armed teen at an Oregon high school claimed the life of one victim. Investigators say that preparation for such an incident by officers, students and school staff played a critical role in preventing more deaths, reports the Wall Street Journal. Law-enforcement officials last summer conducted training at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Or., complete with student actors and paintball-like ammunition, said Troutdale Police Sgt. Carey Kaer. The 2,800-student school 15 miles east of Portland holds regular emergency lockdown drills. “Everybody’s training played a role in minimizing what occurred,” Sgt. Kaer said.
Schools, malls and local police departments nationwide increasingly are preparing for what authorities call “active-shooter” scenarios, especially since the 2012 Connecticut school shooting where Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six staff members. About 350 U.S. law enforcement agencies are waiting to take part in an active-shooter training program at Texas State University near Austin. Terry Nichols, assistant director of the program, called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, said, “it is sad in our society that we have to do this kind of training.”