If a tragedy were to happen in the Mankato area, it's unlikely it will be exactly like any scenario that has been used one of the training sessions, said Cmdr. Sandi Schnorenberg of the Mankato Department of Public Safety. But she does believe the training everyone has received will pay off, if it is ever needed.
"I think if you plan and talk about things, you're going to be more prepared if something does happen," Schnorenberg said. "We used to just not talk about it and hope it didn't happen."
"A lot of the things we are learning are general guidelines that are applicable in any situation," Boyer said.
The school district is already taking new steps this year to help prevent a school shooting or a variety of other dangers. Surveillance cameras are being installed at every elementary school and doors will have to be remotely unlocked by a staff member inside before visitors can enter.