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S.W.A.T Teams Enter School In Plain Dealing

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Monday night's top story, is a story that will hopefully put your family at ease.

You will get to see the excitement, as well as the danger, that comes along with a S.W.A.T team.

With the recent school shootings across the country, some of our law enforcement neighbors to the west have come here to the Ark-La-Tex.

They are training for the unthinkable; making sure your children are safe, if a gunman came on campus.

"Clear, clear; coming out," yells one man, as he points a gun into a classroom at Plain Dealing Academy.

"All we know right now is we got a 911 call.  There's a man in a school with a gun," says Bossier parish chief deputy, Julian Whittington, describing the training scenario, Monday.

"SWAT officers are responding, trying to locate him and remove him," says Whittington.

The scenario is real.  These are some of the men who would really respond, and this is the kind of school where a real life nightmare could play out.

"Folks, it can happen here, and that's what you've got to be on guard for," says Whittington.

He's welcome nineteen men to the north Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy.

You could say Monday's lesson was, "protecting your children."

The trainees are from Claiborne parish, Springfield, Gretna, and even Dallas.  They are all here for one week, and one reason; to be the best at capturing some of the worst.

"It knows no race, creed, color, size of city at all," says one man, referring to the threat of school shootings.  "Things like this are happening more and more each day."

The men, training to be a part of a S.W.A.T team, are taught to ask questions before they enter, because inside is the wrong time to start thinking.

"They've got to be able to react, training, training, and training.  It allows you to react," says chief deputy Whittington.

The fifty hour training course runs through Friday.

The cops have to cough up their own ammunition, but the training that could one day save your child's life, is free for them.

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