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School shooting drill conducted at Acadiana High

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It's a scenario that's become too familiar in recent years, a gun man opening fire on a school campus. One high school in Lafayette Parish is making sure they are prepared if that terrible act happens on their campus.

"Primary goal here is the security and safety of every kid that comes to this school," says Scott Chief of Police, Chad Leger.

"We hope no school has to experience this, but if so we're preparing them to the best of our ability," explains Leger.

Leger is preparing Acadiana High School for chaos. Monday afternoon, teachers thought they were having a normal in-service day until several officers busted in with armed to the teeth with weapons, and began shooting.

"Raise their awareness, and to make sure they get the best training that we can provide through law enforcement to make sure they're prepared," says Leger.

The bullets were fake, but the sounds and smells were real.

"Yes, it was loud. Very realistic," says one teacher, "it sounded very realistic." "I think it'll make a lasting impression. It was very scary," says Liz Mouton, a special education teacher.

The primary goal is to get the school on lock down. Which means all teachers lock their door as soon as a code red alarm is put over the loud speakers.

"They did a great job. We had no unlocked doors. They did not come out until the all clear was sounded," says AHS principal, David Lejeune. Lejeune says the last live action drill the school had was seven years ago. But, their resource officer is constantly working with faculty and staff to master their disaster plan.

"Puts my mind at ease that when it happens the teachers will know what to do. It won't be unexpected," explains Lejeune. For most teachers this was the first time they were involved in the exercise, but as soon as they heard the alarm they knew how to react.

"It makes you think about what you should be doing in that situation. Makes you go over the procedures in your head, think about what you do with your students," says John Shaw, a 9th and 10th grade teacher.

No students were involved in the active shooter scenario.But, Lejeune feels confident his teachers would be able to keep them calm because of their experience through training.

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