Two former students, perhaps emotionally unstable, enter a school building. Words are exchanged with front-office staff and, moments later, screams are heard as shots ring out.
In short order, classroom doors are slammed shut and locked, medical help is called for and local police speed to the scene. Within minutes, special teams of highly-trained law enforcement officers come together, ready to handle the grisly scene of a school shooting.
Such incidents can seemingly occur anywhere – a fact painfully clear to residents of small towns like Columbine, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. It could even occur in a quiet, rural setting like that of White River High School.
With that in mind, more than 230 emergency responders headed to bucolic Buckley Thursday morning for an “active shooter” exercise that was more than a year in the making.