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LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A Rossford school
bus filled with students and staff members was taken hostage by a man armed
with a gun. The hostages' hands were raised in the air, tied together. It was
all part of a real-time training exercise at Owens Community College.
were told they were going to be part of a demonstration, or training exercise,
but they didn't know it would be a hostage drill until it was already in
scared us because we didn't think it was him, because he got on the bus wearing
normal clothes," said Justin Klocko. "Then after five minutes of leaving, he
started putting on a mask and a gun and a vest and he started tying everybody
down to the chairs."
gunman was an actor, but the students say the demonstration was a wake-up call
about their safety.
tied my ankle to the seat and I was just thinking, ‘If I need to get out of this,
how will I be able to?'" said Kathleen Hermes, one of the hostages.
SWAT team surrounded the bus to take control. The exercise was broadcast to
school staff members in real-time. The realization was that this could happen
on any bus, at any time.
say they learned a life-saving lesson from police about the drill.
prepared us, like, to listen," Klocko said. "They told us not to be heroes."
say they should always be aware of what's going on around them, because now
they know no place, even a school bus, is completely safe.