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Jonesboro police to simulate school shooting Saturday

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The Jonesboro Police Department is turning a local elementary school into a mock shooting scene Saturday.

The live training is designed to prepare officers for school shooting incidents. The training follows the school massacre in Newtown, CT, in December. 

Chief Franklin Allen told CBS Atlanta News the training model was created in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

"This is intense live training that will help officers and S.W. medics focus on any possible scenario to stop the bad guy," said Allen.  "It's the kind of training you don't want to ever have to use. But if you do need to, you'll be glad you've taken these steps."

Suder Elementary School will be used to facilitate the training. There will be role players as well as simulated rounds. Lake City Police as well as the Clayton County Sheriff's Department and Fire Departments will participate.

Chief Allen plans to continue to build on the training model. "I hope other police agencies will look to it for ideas. We are willing to share what we know with others," said Allen.

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