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Is Salinas safe? Pleas for training pour in

Teachers and staff screamed at Virginia Rocca Barton School while a man fired foam pellets at them with a nerf gun.

Sergio Murillo, a maintenance worker in the region, approached the shooter from behind.

It was just a simulation: the Virginia Rocca Barton School training event was one of many active shooter exercises held at the Alisal Union School District this month.

“I see the active shooter is distracted, so I went in and hit him because he was unaware,” Murillo said of the drill.

Last month 19 primary school students and two teachers were shot dead inside a classroom in Uvalde, Texas. The 18-year-old gunman was armed with an AR-15 rifle. The May 24 incident was just one of more than 250 mass shootings reported in the country this year, according to the Arms Violence Archive.

Sergio Murillo, a maintenance worker in the Alisal Union School District, helps accumulate classroom equipment and furniture during an active shooter training event at Virginia Rocca Barton School in Salinas, California, on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

As the families of Texas ‘new victims continue to mourn and communities try to make sense of what happened, Salinas’ parents remain questioning safety and readiness in local schools.

“We did this kind of training before the pandemic and the schools were blocked,” said Alisal Superintendent Jim Koenig. “It’s probably the least likely event for a school to happen, but it’s something we worry about every day.”

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