It was a scary few hours at Marinette High School Monday, but considering all hostages emerged safely, those hours were successful--the school's drills and training had paid off.
But what are your local schools doing to protect your kids from an incident like the one at Marinette? Are they prepared? Administrators and officials say "yes."
"We think that we're prepared, but until you have an incident actually happen, you never know," said Negaunee Superintendant, Jim Derocher.
"We are more prepared today than we ever have been because of the trainings that have gone on and the assignments we've taken on as a regional board," said Lt. Don Brown of the State Police Homeland Security Division.
Training sessions, like the one held this fall at Marquette Senior High School; they placed officers in a true-to-life active shooter incident. U.P. teachers attended as well.
"The true first responders in a school emergency are going to be the school staff themselves, so we owe it to our teachers, we owe it to them, to make sure they're trained properly," said Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator, Bob Berbohm.
And emergency management coordinators say the key to safety is communication, something they plan to build in the next few months.
"We're looking to get an increase in communication capabilities between law enforcement and school officials by getting them to talk, by getting them to meet at lease once, if not more, a year," Berbohm said. "The more people that are involved, the better ideas you're going to get."
In addition to required drills, schools will undergo safety assessments on a regular basis.