Authorities conduct active shooter drill at Yonkers schoolPosted: Updated:
Emergency responders surrounded a school in Yonkers Tuesday while they conducted active shooter drill.
Yonkers police and fire personnel descended upon Robert C Dodson Elementary School on Avondale Road as they prepared for a real-life emergency scenario ahead of the new school year.
The drill was a way for the police and fire officials to prepare in the event of a mass shooting.
Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller says the preparedness goes a long way in the event of real devastation, a newer form of training in light of the growing number of shootings around the country.
“This wouldn't have occurred pre-Columbine. But we learned a lot from Columbine and unfortunately we've learned from every ensuing active shooter since then. All those lessons learned are added into this type of training,” says Mueller.
Students acting as victims say the exercise eased concerns about potential threats, including those made on social media.