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Police to fire blank rounds at Pittsburgh high school active shooter drill

FILE - Police officials say they will use blank rounds at a Pittsburgh high school during its active shooter training. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Police officials say they will be firing off blank rounds during active shooter training at a suburban Pittsburgh high school to expose students to the sound of gunfire.

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Bethel Park High School will conduct a drill Thursday known under the “ALICE” program, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. Staff, students and parents have been informed that police officers conducting the drill will be firing blank rounds, but will not be firing them at anyone.

Principal Zeb Jansante sent a letter informing parents of the blank-round gunfire Wednesday, saying it is meant to prepare students for the sounds in case of an emergency.

Some parents say they’re concerned the sounds could be traumatizing to students.

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Other schools in the area have conducted similar training programs in recent months.

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