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Hurricane High School prepares for armed gunmen

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It's been more than 3 months since a deadly shooting took the lives of 26 people at a school in Connecticut.  The massacre has forced many schools to prepare for the worst. 

Hurricane High School held an active shooters drill to test safety procedures on Tuesday.

Local law enforcement sent two of its own, dressed in civilian clothes and armed with guns, into the school to see how students and faculty would handle the situation.

West Virginia State Police, Hurricane Police, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, and EMS participated in the drill.

Principal Dick Campbell said the main point of the drill was to see any safety areas the school might need to work on.

"We want our parents and our community to know that one of the primary concerns of ours is safety of their kids," he said.

The surrounding area out the high school was blocked off by law enforcement to give the drill a 'real feel', Campbell said.

Overall, he said the drill was a success. Campbell said communication with 911 dispatchers was excellent.

However, there are some safety measures the school wants to improve.

He said there are more than 35 surveillance cameras on school property. He's working with police to see if they can live stream their surveillance system to the police department. This way, if there was an emergency situation, law enforcement could also take a virtual look at the situation.

Students and parents were notified of the drill prior to it happening, Campbell said.