STERLING – Whiteside County law enforcement and emergency personnel will go through an active shooter drill today at Sterling High School.
The drill gets under way at 1 p.m. and should wrap up by 3 or 3:30 p.m., Regional Superintendent Bob Sondgeroth said.
Actors will portray the shooter, as well as school staff and students during the drill. Victims will be made up to appear injured and will be transported to the hospital.
Police officers in full tactical gear will respond to the call. Firefighters and emergency responders will respond as well. A family gathering center will be set up at Bethel Reformed Church.
The drill is aimed at training local law enforcement and emergency personnel, as well as school staff, for a possible school shooting in light of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December, Sondgeroth said.
More than 50 school personnel, including principals, secretaries and custodians, will attend classroom training in the morning. They then will watch the drill via closed-circuit TV in the afternoon; Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper will narrate the drill.
The Whiteside County Emergency Preparedness Task Force is organizing the drill.