The Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services along with local police and medical crews held an exercise at the College of the Siskiyous Tuesday morning. The purpose of the drill was to be prepared for the worst.
Many local students were participants of the drill.
“When he came in and I saw him I did freeze and I was scared,” said Kayla Woods, a student who was part of the drill. “It was almost like it was real."
The scenario featured a mock former student entering McCloud hall , the student confronted a teacher, then started shooting indiscriminately.
Organizers tried to make things as real as possible. Students lay on the ground, some critically wounded screaming for help. But help had to wait since law enforcement was busy trying to find the shooter before the shooter found more victims.
"We need to be prepared for what could happen,” said Superintendent Kermith Walters. “I mean it seems in our society today, these incidents happen more and more regularly and we need to be prepared and ready to take care of them when they do happen."
"We always want to plan for what we hope never happens,” said Ron Quigley, Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Siskiyou County. “To bring our first responders together, our medics, our officers and test our capabilities as it relates to dealing with multiple casualties is going to benefit us in the future."
For students, the experience was eye opening.
"A lot of times when this happens it’s because of the fact that nobody really takes precaution nobody really thinks if they see something they’re like oh it could just be normal and then bam this happens,” said Woods.
Law enforcement said they chose College of the Siskiyous because of the size of the campus. They plan on having drills like this in the future.