By: Jason Rantala
Students at a central Iowa school recently got to test out their preparedness skills in an emergency.
The Colo-NESCO Community School District and the Story County Sheriff's Office held a mock shooting drill on Monday.
A school shooting may seem unimaginable for the young students who attend Colo-NESCO schools.
However, recent events have led administrators to change their thinking.
Colo–NESCO is the very first school district in the state to participate in an active shooter drill.
A mock shooter entered the doors of Colo High School at 9 a.m. Monday morning.
Students were alerted via an intercom system before going through procedures they were trained in by the sheriff's office.
Some students and staff locked down inside the building, while others evacuated.
"The reality of this day and age is that schools need to be prepared for active shooter situations," said Captain Barry Thomas with the Story County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office and school district say it's important students know exactly what to do and what not to do.
They say it's all in the name of staying prepared, and in turn, staying safe.
"I learned a lot. I learned that the first thing you should do is try and get out. If you know where the shooter is that's good. If you can't get out, you're supposed to lock down like they said," said eighth grader Dalton Hopkins.
Captain Thomas says he anticipates more schools running similar drills in the future.