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Police called to active-shooter training

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A group of eastern Iowa Head Start teachers got some hands-on experience on how to deal with an active shooter.

It's important to note, that during Friday's training, neighbors called Waterloo Police, because they were concerned something bad was happening at the Head Start building.

Neighbors say they saw people in masks running form the building, but it was all part of the training.

Tri County Child and Family Service Delivery Director, Jennifer Verhulst, explains their mission, "our focus is getting people out of the building safely with children, but I do think it was an eye-opening experience for them today."

Jennifer said they've been planning this training since August to give educators a better idea how to react, if a shooter ever walks into the building.

"What they learned today was of great value, but until you're involved in it, I think that's really when the learning or the teaching will happen," Verhulst said.

As Head Start students enjoy the day off, teachers were busy learning how to deal with an intruder or an active shooter.

Jennifer says it's more important now than ever before.

"We're in that day and age where we have to practice these things and make sure that we can keep ourselves safe and keep the children safe, as well," Jennifer said.

First, they were taught how hiding can make them a target.

Second, people learned to get out of the building with students.

Lastly, people learned how strength in numbers can help them disarm a person with a weapon.

"But, until you have someone really show you what to do, we just really had no idea," Jennifer said.

Head Start wasn't the only spot holding intruder training on Friday.

Hawkeye Community College educators also learned how to react to a shooter or intruder.

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