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Preparing for the worst

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Eastside High School drama students Jovante Scales, far left, and Ernesto Orero assist Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies as they practice for the call they hope they'll never get. Deputy Terry Rogers, shown from back, and Deputy Jeff Novak drill with two other team members on getting students to safety should there be a violent situation in a school. The training is for school resource officers, as well as road deputies, to rehearse how to respond, detect and stop an actual school shooting, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.