Local News

Warren Students Participate In Terrorism Exercise

Posted November 16, 2004 4:25 a.m. EST

— Terrorist threats in rural counties may seem unlikely, but students in Warren County took a training exercise seriously.

In the training exercise, a man posing as a terrorist drove a gasoline tanker on school property. He killed a resource officer and wounded several students. Before he took his own life, he triggered the truck to explode in 45 minutes.

Even though the scenario was not real, emergency personnel wanted to train in case something similar would happen in real life.

"Our worst case scenario would be something like this and to test ourselves and get valuable training for not only all our responders, but for the school system," said David Askew, director of Warren County Emergency Management Services.

"I think it will help because if this really happened, then we will know what to do," student Brittany Outlaw said.

The weapons of mass destruction exercise was funded by the Department of Homeland Security.