A group of educators waited anxiously in a hallway at Port Neches-Groves High School Thursday, when all of a sudden the sound of a gunshot sent them running.
The "gunman" was a specially trained emergency response instructor firing blanks.
It was all part of PN-G Superintendent Dr. Rodney Cavness' effort to make sure his faculty knows exactly what to do if ever faced with a real armed intruder.
"It fills in the holes in the crisis management plan and takes it a step higher," Cavness told 12News.
"We have to be prepared, because these things happen in society," said PN-G High School Principal Dr. Marc Keith.
Instructors with the Jacksonville, Florida-based company Safariland were hired to train teachers and administrators how to keep intruders out of their classrooms by blocking doorways with shower poles and ropes. They were also shown how to disarm a gunman, the proper way to carry the injured, and as a last resort... how to fight.
"We're not trying to make ninja warriors out of these educators, we're just trying to show them some techniques that law enforcement have known about for years," said Safariland training director Sandy Wall.
There is no talk right now of allowing teachers to carry firearms in the classrooms.
Cavness said he felt the training was necessary after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last December.
"You just don't think about everything that you need to do in order to make an escape route and to keep a bunch of people safe at one time," said Diana Lege, a teacher who took part in the training.
With one more day of training to go, the PN-G educators are on their way to gaining a new set of skills they hope they never have to use.