Patchogue-Medford High School students put to test in hostage drill

Students, staff and security of Patchogue-Medford High School were put to the test Thursday in an emergency hostage drill.

For the drill, someone acted as a crazed father who shot up the school and claimed to have a bomb. The next step in the drill was to have security put the school in lockdown in order to capture the suspect. School officials say it is important to have drills to make sure students know what to do. Staff and police say their goal is to ensure the safety of the students and the teachers. They say the drills help to make sure they are on the same page.

The superintendent says he plans to have the drill every year to keep staff and students prepared.

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