A gunman opening fire at a school is one of the greatest fears any parent could have.
It's a situation which has never occurred in the state but one school is preparing, just in case.
It's a worst case scenario for any school...
So why did Surrey Public School turn this nightmare into a near reality?
(Kevin Klassen, Superintendent, Surrey Schools) "It gives us a life like situation, the way life is going we have to prepare ourselves for these. With everybody involved I think it's just a good scenario so if God for bid it ever does happen, we can be prepared."
Simulating the event of a school shooting, this full scale exercise brought law enforcement and other emergency teams together to prepare for a potentially deadly attack.
(Pete Schneider, Chief of Police, Surrey) "It could happen at anytime in any community and we have to be prepared as law enforcement, as firefighters, as EMS that if someone like this would happen that it isn't mass chaos. We work together to get through this and try to eliminate from anyone being injured."
Three different scenarios were played out during the two hour exercise.
To keep it as real as possible officers used paintball guns as ammunition and a recording of screams and gun fire echoed through the halls.
Superintendent Klassen believes the simulation is important for not just the response teams but to his students.
(Kevin Klassen, Superintendent, Surrey Schools) "It's good that they get the experience. However, the anxiety's are going to be high. I don't care, if it does come to fruition, everybody's adrenaline is going to be pumping and wanting to do the right thing so it's a good experience for them."
Students, teachers, and members of the community volunteered to participate in the exercise.
It's a scene no one ever wants to find themselves in, but preparing for the worst, could save lives if this unthinkable simulation actually happened.
In Surrey, Gary Brode, KX News.
Officer Schneider said he would like to see the school perform an exercise like this once a year.