Manatee starts school in two weeks and first responders held a shooter drill to make sure they are ready.


Bradenton, Florida -- The first day of school is less than two weeks away and safety is on the mind of many families, school officials and law enforcement.

Gunshots ring out. A man shouts, "Everybody on the ground. Everybody on the ground!"

The Manatee County School District along with the sheriff's office, Bradenton police, firefighters and EMS held a mock drill Thursday featuring three shooters at Braden River High School.

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About 30 school administrators and staff observed scenarios including a hostage situation and police negotiations.

"Unfortunately in today's world we all know this can happen in a flash," says Steve Valley, spokesperson with the school district.

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"I think it opened up their eyes of a lot of school district officials to let them see what can happen it's not pretty. It's a learning experience of many experiences we're going to have get bigger and better and be a lot more effective with the end goal of keeping everyone safe and alive," he said.

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The school district and local agencies spent a year planning this drill and planning on more. This is the county's largest drill of its kind.

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