Active shooter training at Vernon High School

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VERNON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Practice makes perfect, and when it comes to an active shooter, there's almost no room for error.

First responders and teachers met at Vernon High School for an active shooter training Monday.

"Schools are community and community is the schools, so the closer we all get together as organizations, the better off we are," Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor said.

During the training, Washington County Sheriff's deputies, Florida Highway Patrol officers, and teachers worked together closely.

"I like it. They become the first responders in a sense," Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said. "If something bad does happen in our schools."

Officials say we can't continue to think these tragedies can't happen here. They say it's best to be proactive.

"All I can hope is this training is not ever needed or necessary, but that's not the world we live in," Taylor said. "We do have to be ready."

While training and practice are good, Sheriff Crews said their main goal is to stop the problem before it starts.

"If we can determine that we've got a problem or a troubled youngster, we want to get to the house before that problem gets to our schools," Sheriff Crews said.

A similar training will take place at Chipley High School on Wednesday.