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Active shooter drill has kids running for safety in Bellevue

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A group of Marquette Catholic school system students file back into class after an active shooter drill Thursday morning A group of Marquette Catholic school system students file back into class after an active shooter drill Thursday morning
BELLEVUE (KWWL) -

A new report from the FBI shows the US saw 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, and more than two-thirds of those ended before police even arrived.

Marquette Catholic school system in Bellevue is working to equip its students with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a shooter entering one of the buildings.

They held a system-wide drill Thursday morning to practice the response to this worst-case scenario.

"When I was in high school, this was the last thing we worried about," K-12 school counselor Julie Schmidt said. "You know, we had tornado drills, we had fire drills."

The school uses ALICE training, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

Schmidt said the old approach to an active shooter was to lock down all students in their respective classrooms, but now students are encouraged to use any of the ALICE approaches, whichever is safest. That may include exiting a classroom through a window and running to a designated safe location.

"In the event there was actually a shooter in the building, the students would have an option of what they wanted to do," Schmidt explained. "If they were best evacuating, which had not been done before, or are they best locking down?"

Grant Kilburg, a senior at Marquette High School, said he felt some anxiety during Thursday morning's drill.

"We had to run to the tennis courts as fast as we could," he said. "It felt like it was actually a real-world-situation shooting."

He said students and teachers took the drill very seriously, especially in light of the recent shooting at the nearby Jackson County courthouse, when a man with a gun tried unsuccessfully to shoot the county assessor and then ended up shooting and killing himself.

"Some parents came back to me and said, 'You know, my child learned about that shooting and they said, "Well, if I was there, this is what I would do,"'" Schmidt said. "So it's not something that kids are scared to talk about as much. You know, they feel like they would be willing and able to protect themselves."

This is the Marquette Catholic school system's second year of doing the ALICE drill, preparing students for the possibility of an active shooter scenario.

"I hope to God it doesn't happen here," Kilburg said. "Of all schools, this doesn't really seem like it would, but there's always that possibility, and it's good to know that we're prepared for it."

According to the FBI's new report, the majority of active shooter incidents take place at a business or school, but others have happened at a military property, place of worship or health care facility.

Check out the FBI's report on active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 HERE: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents/pdfs/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-between-2000-and-2013

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