A few weeks later, at a K-12 charter school in rural Oregon, two masked gunmenburst into a gathering of teachers during a staff-development day. They took aimat the unsuspecting faculty members and opened fire. Bam! Bam! Bam! Theshots went off like firecrackers.In both situations, the bullets were blanks, and the gunmen were lawenforcement officers or volunteers conducting a drill.Had they occurred on the prior side of Dec. 14, 2012, these events might haveseemed excessive. It's easy to imagine how the drill in Cerritos might have raisedsome eyebrows -- the media spectacle involved, the use of not only simulatedrounds and flash grenades, but also hundreds of people, including clergymembers, local business leaders, community safety volunteers and evenstudents drenched in fake blood. And it's difficult to imagine that the Oregon drill-- a complete surprise attack that left teachers terrified -- would have happenedat all.But the landscape has shifted since those five awful minutes at Sandy HookElementary School in Connecticut, when a heavily armed gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, rampaged through the halls, killing 20 students and six adults atpoint-blank range before turning a gun on himself. Adding to the sense of heightened alert was Friday's deadly school shooting atSanta Monica College, the latest scene of an all-too-familiar tableau: policerunning to and fro with guns, dazed students being interviewed, emergencyvehicles racing around with lights flashing.The news cycle after these bloody outbursts tends to go from hot to cold on shortorder, but their imprint on the way communities approach school safety has beensteadily rippling outward -- especially since the Sandy Hook tragedy six monthsago.That horrific piece of American history has cast a spotlight on a certain type of school-safety exercise that, until now, most K-12 schools didn't really have thestomach to adopt: the active-shooter drill."It's a hard thing because teachers are teachers -- they want to teach," said KitBobko, mayor of Hermosa Beach, where the Police Department may soon beginactive-shooter drills in the schools. "They don't want to have to think about, 'Ohmy gosh, if a guy with a shotgun comes into my room, what am I going to do?'But we need to have some sort of plan in place."