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Great Falls schools go under shelter after Malmstrom training exercise causes confusion

Posted at 6:56 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 20:56:28-04

GREAT FALLS- Schools in Great Falls went under shelter Thursday after a training exercise prompted an emergency report and confusion on social media.

According to Malmstrom officials, during a routine readiness exercise, the scenario was mistaken as a real-world active shooter event.

The base implemented appropriate precautionary security measures until the mistake was verified, according to a release.

“After today’s inadvertent incident I am confident that if these sorts of events happened in actuality, we have the right procedures in place to respond quickly to save lives and restore order. We are grateful for the local community and our law enforcement partners who are always ready to support if needed,” stated Col. Jennifer Reeves, 341st Missile Wing commander.

Great Falls Public Schools confirmed schools were under shelters in place as a precautionary measure.

The shelters in place were lifted at 11 a.m.