Training for a nightmare
Lake Oswego Police exercises prepare first responders for 'active threats' in schools
Clad in bulletproof vests and utility belts packed with equipment and weaponry, Lake Oswego police officers armed with AR-15 rifles and Glocks moved through Lake Oswego High hallways two by two last week. Ducking in and out of classrooms, they methodically sought and then subdued armed assailants.
Fortunately, it was all a drill. The victims and assailants were volunteers, and the bullets that officers fired were simunition soap bullets tinted with red coloring. But the idea that an active threat could come to Lake Oswego schools?
That part was very real.
Other cities in Oregon Springfield, Roseburg, Prineville, Bend have all been victims of school shootings since 1998; just this past June, a murder-suicide at Reynolds High School rocked southwest Troutdale a 30-minute drive from Lake Oswego. And last year, two bomb threats at Lake Oswego Junior High and one at Lake Oswego High had nerves on edge here, even after they appeared to be hoaxes.
In every case, those situations required a quick police response from officers trained to deal with a shooter, a combatant with a machete, a caller warning of explosive devices planted in school buildings.
Last week, Lake Oswego police officers made sure they are ready.
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