TODAY   |  February 06, 2013

Calif. authorities hold graphic mock school shooting

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the high-intensity drill is intended to help Stanislaus County, Calif., police prepare for a school emergency, but some are wondering if the training video, filled with fake blood, goes too far. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> in modesto, california , where a dramatic mock school shooting was just held to prepare authorities for a real-life emergency. miguel almaguer has details on this story. miguel , good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the training exercise was funded by the office of education a year ago. after the school shooting in newtown, it was redesigned, a high-intensity drill for what some call our new reality. the mock massacre simulates what so many now fear. two gunmen open fire on students, going through a crowded campus, taking lives. this school shooting , just a drill. but the drama so intense, even scaring the 20 teenage actors.

>> i felt really terrified. i have never felt that scared.

>> it was way too real. i didn't know that was how it was going to be.

>> reporter: the training video includes students covered in blood-red paint, the injured crying for help and children as young as 12 locked inside barricaded classrooms. but is it too much?

>> we need to actually know how our guys here, and women at the sheriff's office are going to respond to an actual emergency. the best way to do that is through a live simulated training, making it as real as we can.

>> set to be distributed next year, the training video could make its way to police, teachers and school administrators across california .

>> duck and cover .

>> back in the 1950s , students learned to duck and cover . since the 1999 columbine mask kerr, there have been 15 school shootings . experts say we live in a time of mass shooting.

>> this is the new reality. what we're dealing with is a phenomena we've never confronted before, random shootings, spree shootings, the most innocence of our society being slaughtered.

>> we have an active shooter . stand by for further information.

>> schools aren't the only ones preparing for the worst. department of homeland security has posted its own video online called active shooter scenario, tips for the public on how to survive a workplace shooting.

>> if there's an accessible escape route, attempt to evacuate.

>> reporter: new training tools for an era that was once thought the unthinkable.

>> reporter: it isn't easy to watch but police say it certainly will be an effective tool. we're told by law enforcement they certainly will learn from it by those instructors who do see it.

>> miguel almaguer, modesto, california . thank