ELLENWOOD — Dozens of police, fire and EMS personnel and the Clayton County Public Schools Department of Safety and Security gathered at East Clayton Elementary School to participate in an active-shooter exercise.

CCPS Administrative Operations Commander Major Tracey Whaley said after nine months training, the agencies put that knowledge to practice at the school Tuesday morning.

He said they wanted the scenario to look as realistic as possible.

“This is what would happen — many agencies responding together,” Whaley said. “They’ll see different people and different uniforms.”

The groups ran through three different situations involving location, number of shooters, civilians and wounded.

Whaley said it’s their goal to share as much information as possible among the agencies.

“We have to protect our children, and this is one way we can do it,” he said.

Participating agencies included Clayton County Police Department, Forest Park Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office as well as Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services and the Forest Park Fire Department.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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