SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Local police are bursting
into empty classrooms with their weapons drawn during
this week's spring break, practicing their response in
case gunmen ever strike at area schools.
"The lesson learned at Columbine was that if you
waited for the S.W.A.T. team, you waited too long,"
said Shelby County Sheriff's Department Lt. David
Fisher. "The quicker you can get in there and
neutralize the situation, the better."
Officers armed with simulated weapons that shoot
wax "lipstick" rounds are drilling at schools in
Waldron, Fairland and rural Shelby County, The
Shelbyville News reported Wednesday.
If something like the Columbine school shootings
ever happens here, the first four officers who arrive
on the scene will be trained how to react.
The special training began when officers from Los
Angeles went to Littleton, Colo., to study the school
shootings there and analyze the police response. Other
departments followed, and now officers in central
Indiana are being similarly trained.
More than 50 local officers, including local
Indiana State Police troopers, are receiving the
training this week, The News said. Shelbyville city
police already have undergone similar training.