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School officials want 'lockdown' practice

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota schools already have regular drills for tornadoes and disasters, and officials say they should also practice school lockdowns.

A lockdown is ordered when an intruder comes into a school. Classroom doors are locked and the lights are turned off, and students are sometimes taken to another room.

West Fargo assistant principal Cory Steiner said people believe it's not likely someone will come into a school with a gun. But Steiner said it's possible even in North Dakota, and schools need to be prepared.

The North Dakota Senate's Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require all schools to run regular lockdown drills. The committee didn't act right away on the bill.

Retired Williston school superintendent Warren Larson said lockdown practice is important.

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