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Waterloo schools prepare for school shooting with new drill

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Stephanie Mohorne, principal at Lincoln Elementary, was standing in the hallway when the "shooter" ran into the building. As he got closer, she quickly went into the media center to barricade herself in an office.

"It was frightening, but when you really think about it, to be children in that situation, how frightening that must be," said Mohorne.

 Mohorne was one of the lucky ones who "survived" the drill. Hoover Middle School principal Mike Fisher did not. 

With school starting soon, many are preparing for students to enter the building. In Waterloo, faculty, staff, and police are preparing in case someone walks in with a gun.

"The most important thing in our building are the lives and safety of our kids. If we have to make the ultimate sacrifice, that's what we'll do as educators," said Fisher.

The Waterloo Police Department have gone through these situations before, but this is the first time Waterloo schools have involved their teachers and their staff. It's because they want to empower them, and encourage them to make tough decisions.

"So what's great about this, it puts you emotionally in that spot where you help strategize split second," said Tara Thomas, director of school and community relations and former KWWL anchor.

This year the Waterloo Schools are going with a different strategy: Run, hide or fight.

"The kids are important, as far as saving their lives," said investigator Robert Duncan. "We want to make sure they have all the options that are given to them instead of just locking down."

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