Action film star to lead school shooting response exercise

Actor Steven Seagal attends a charity golf game in Memphis, Tennessee in May, 2005
Actor Steven Seagal attends a charity golf game in Memphis, Tennessee in May, 2005

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(CNN) -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s team will participate in a simulated school shooting as a training exercise, with help from a special celebrity guest, according to a statement.
Along with instructors, actor Steven Seagal will lead the simulation, to take place in the Arizona county on Saturday, February 9.
Seagal, who has made a name for himself headlining action movies such as “Above the Law” and Under Seige,” will help educate 40 armed volunteers on room-entry tactics and hand-to-hand tactics, the statement says.
    It's one of several new school security events and strategies districts across the country are trying after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
      What do you think? Is it helpful to have star power, or distracting from real issues of school security? Share your thoughts in the comments.