By DON AINES
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A simulated hostage situation will be held Monday morning at Bedington Elementary School to hone the skills of a team formed to react to such a crisis.
"Our goal is to be prepared," said James Holland, principal at Bedington Elementary and chairman of the Community Crisis Response Team. The scenario for the exercise is that an armed intruder, the older brother of a student, enters the school and takes hostages.
Holland, who said the CCRT was formed two years ago, explained that participants in the drill will include fire and ambulance personnel from the Bedington Volunteer Fire Co., the SWAT team from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, school counselors and psychologists. The exercise is scheduled to run from 10 to 11:30 a.m.