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Chicago area school used sound of gunfire during school drill

9:25 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO (WGN/CNN) - A school in northwest Illinois wants students to be prepared if there is a shooting.

Administrators are using the sound of gunfire during drills to teach the children what to do.

"It's not to shock anyone it's purely to let them hear what it might sound like down the hall from where they might be. We plan for fire drills we plan for tornados and for instance during a fire drill we might have the simulation of fire where you would go to one door where might normally exit and they're blocking it saying no you can't go this way, do another way. There's no way to simulate a sound without having that sound," said Jeff Puma, a spokesperson for the district.

Parent reaction is mixed. Some think it's a good idea, others don't understand why the drill is necessary.

School officials decided to do the drill following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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