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St. Clairsville Schools hold active shooter drill

St. Clairsville Schools' county-wide active shooter drill took place at all district buildings on Thursday morning.

St. Clairsville Schools' county-wide active shooter drill took place at all district buildings on Thursday morning.

They enlisted the help of the Belmont County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, St. Clairsville Police, numerous fire departments and EMS personnel to make the drill as real as possible for staff members and students.

And for the first time, the district teamed with police to add an age-appropriate, active shooter scenario at the elementary school.

"With the few things that did come to light, we need to do a little bit of practicing there on a couple situations about dialing 911, and the teachers inside the building dialed 911, but they didn’t return 911's call. Everything really went well. Just a few glitches," St. Clairsville Police Chief Jeff Henry said.

"I think we've really improved over the years. We've been doing A.L.I.C.E. for about 7 or 8 years now, and we've really ramped it up,” St. Clairsville Schools Superintendent Walt Skaggs said. “We try to do scenarios that you don't think are going to happen so we see how people respond, how the kids respond, and they did a really nice job today. "

The drill took place from 9-11 a.m.

The roads blocked off around the school are now re-open to traffic.

Churches asking for help

And on the heels of the tragedy in Texas, St. Clairsville police say they've also been contacted by area churches for active shooter based scenarios.

"We have two A.L.I.C.E.-trained officers in St. Clairsville will definitely go to any church in St. Clairsville and take care of all of their needs and beef up their security at the churches," Henry said.

Call the St. Clairsville Police Department at (740) 695-0123 for more information.

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