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Active shooter drill at San Diego City College

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The mass shooting at an Oregon community college prompted San Diego City College to move up their start date for training sessions that teach faculty and staff how to handle active shooting situations.

The training drills, which were planned for later in the year, included two simulated shooters

"It was real. It was intense, and you didn't have time to stop and think, you just acted,” said June Cressy with San Diego City College.

A group of 40 City College staffers participated in the training, provided by the district's Emergency Management Resource Team, that showed them how and when to run, hide and fight. The drills also demonstrated that even in the classroom there are improvised weapons they can use.

"Anything that's visible and handy can be used either as a weapon or a barricade, in any situation,” Cressy said. "The adrenaline starts pumping and you just kind of spring into action. Knowing that we as a group can take a shooter down is empowering and it also saves lives.”

For many of these trainees the old school strategy of hiding in fear has evolved.

"It was duck and hide and cover and now it's fight, save yourself, save your colleagues. Don't think that you're a victim. And so I feel like I can be in charge and have a plan and be prepared,” Cressy said.

Cressy described a sense of empowerment that could mean the difference between life and death.

"There is no safe place now. It's not that this campus is vulnerable. Everybody, everywhere is vulnerable,” said Cressy.

District representatives also said they will be offering similar classes to their students over the next few months.

This specialized program was developed in Ohio a decade ago and has now been implemented in every state and includes exercises for kindergarten students.

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