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April 3--  Because of Spring break, there are no students at Vidalia High School this week, but local lawmen are in the building rehearsing what they would do in the event a shooter invaded the school.

Vidalia Police Captain Clint Kennedy and Toombs County Deputy Sheriff Danny Willamson conducted the training of officers from Vidalia, Lyons and the Sheriff's Office with assistance from Georgia State Patrol troopers.

{mosimage}(L-R) Toombs County Deputy Terry Smith, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tim Mitchell, Vidalia Police Officer Robbie Carter and Lyons Police Sergeant Thomas Craft set up in a diamond formation stalking a shooter in the hallway of Vidalia High School. 

Deputy Williamson says they're building a base to build on.  Following meetings with local school officials, police are using school blueprints and familiarizing themselves with the buildings.

"Captian Kennedy has the blueprints of the Vidalia schools and we're also getting the blueprints for the Toombs County schools and their school safety plans.  We're also planning an assembly for the students to show them what we want them to do if something should happen," Deputy Williamson says.

"They're going to make a lot of mistakes today, but that's what the training is for.  The more we practice the better we'll get.  The guys are really motivated.  Many of them are parents, too, and they have children in these schools so they take a personal interest in this training," he says.