this is "nightline." when school turns terrifying, the drama is real. training teachers and students about what to do if there actually is a shooter on campus. but when does it cross the line and cause major trauma? plus, lap dogs of luxury. if you're living large in vegas, fido can too. the new hotel where pets are blinged out, rubbed down, and ready to rock. and an incredible journey into the nile.
teachers to prepare for a school shooter? often, by pretending there actually is one. but it can be intense. and it's not just the kids that say they're scared. here's david wright. >> reporter: it's every parent's worst nightmare. an active shooter on campus. threatening to kill innocent kids. this one, just a drill, but it's terrifyingly realistic. how do you strike a balance? it's just a drill, but the trauma is real. in this school, they're saying they got it wrong. they held a drill without warning where police showed up,
weapons drawn. place came in with guns, texts said, and we're scared. their mom was scared, too. >> i'm panicking, thinking it was a legitimate shooter coming. >> this boy's dad raced to the school, unaware it was a drill. >> my husband almost got a ticket, he was doing 130. >> reporter: the school has apologized to parents, and the police say they will not use weapons in drills. but there have been about one active shooter incident a month since columbine. and lockdown drills are now as common as fire drills. some go as far as covering
students in fake blood, and playing dead in hallways, to make the drills more realistic. >> we need to lock down. >> reporter: the modern version of duck and cover. >> please go behind my desk. >> reporter: the teacher locks the door and pulls the shades. everyone told to keep quiet. the kids huddle quietly under the teacher's desks. do you know why they do this drill? do you worry that this scares students? >> we do, but we practice enough so that students get used to the idea. >> reporter: how long to these go on for? >> five minutes. >> reporter: and the teachers fully support these drills. this is a graduate of columbine
high school. are you looking at these kids, thinking someone could take away their lives? >> no, i think how great they are and how lucky i am to teach them. and i wonder how great they're going to be when they grow up? >> reporter: that day is why she became a teacher and why she takes the drills personally. >> it's not about flash backs. it's about the thought of anyone wanting to hurt the kids. >> reporter: the charter school where she teaches does the basic lockdown drill most colorado schools do. >> nobody is getting out. >> reporter: and just last week, the teachers got a new kind of training. how did you feel? >> way more empowered.
>> reporter: this is a former s.w.a.t. employee, teaching them how to recognize when the shooter is reloading. and teaching them defense tactics. how and when to pounce. >> it may save a life. >> reporter: they're trying out the new active shooter training for teachers only. held at night, no students involved. they're teaching the teachers how to take down a shooter. the atmosphere, boisterous would be accurate. and the teachers are loving it. you think in real life, you could do it? or it doesn't matter? >> i think so. >> reporter: but not all teachers support this. last week, a teacher wrote an
op-ed that went viral. she said it's time to stop rehearsing our deaths. do you think they can really take down a 200-pound gunman? >> let's try it out. you just saw what happened. take joe here, he's about 220. see what happens. >> reporter: so, we got holly to do it again. but this time he's going fight >> okay. >> reporter: this time, the gunman resisting her efforts to disarm him.
>> whoo! whoo! [ applause ] >> got the gun. [ applause ] >> reporter: joe also encouraging the teachers to enlist their students to help. the football team, the kids. you're asking a lot of people to be heroes that don't have the training. >> that's because they're not prepared. they come to this program, and we're giving them a little bit of knowledge. >> reporter: the question is, does it protect people or put them in greater danger? >> we're not advocating the
teach to go on a suicide mission. we're talking that the split second, when everything else isn't working -- >> reporter: if you're staring down the barrel of a gun -- >> right. >> reporter: and let's see how they're sitting ducks. >> you're all dead! >> reporter: then, everyone gets something to throw. in this case, a tennis ball. but in real life, it may be a hole punch, a chair, or a dictionary. this time, when the active shooter comes in, he finds he's the sitting duck. would it work like this if the
bullets were real, and this was full of kids, not teachers? it's hard to really know. to a kid, a scene like this may feel terrifyingly real, and leave behind a lasting impression. but one that may save a life when it matters most. david wright for "nightline" in colorado. next, the most luxurious getaway for your pooch. and also, a getaway to the nile. has no quit er. it's 2x more absorbent than the leading ordinary brand, and then stays strong, so you can use less. watch how one sheet of bounty keeps working, while their two sheets just quit. bounty. the no-quit picker-upper.
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they're for dogs. here at the luxe pet hotel, the owners have made their mark in vegas catering for canines. their celebrity suites from $195 a night, part of a booming pet industry in the u.s. we're there as she checks in. she wanted to spend some cash on her chocolate lab when she's on the town. >> i don't feel like she's stuck in a kennel. >> reporter: and unlike in "the hangover," the guests at this hotel won't be able to keep any secrets. she will be able to keep an eye
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depend so much on the nile. >> reporter: for "nightline," gloria riviera. thanks for watching abc news. tune into "good morning america" tomorrow, and as always, we're on abcnews.com. good night. robert: hey, wrapping presents? debra: yeah. tie, huh? whoa, jazzy. yeah, it's for ray. hey, everybody. hey, my brother! good to see you, my brother. all right, comome on. don't ever do that unless i on fire. even then, ask first.
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