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It is the first drowning of the season in Ocean City.

ANNAPOLIS

Academy holds drill simulating gunman

The U.S. Naval Academy held a security drill yesterday to gauge the school’s readiness in case of a terrorist attack or an incident such as the Virginia Tech shootings. The academy described the drill as “a training exercise in response to a simulated gunman on the Naval Academy complex.”

Deborah Goode, an academy spokeswoman, declined to comment in detail. A statement warned of possible traffic problems in areas around the school.

Academy officials briefed members of the school’s Board of Visitors, which includes members of Congress, at a meeting earlier this month on efforts to increase security on the campus. The security upgrades include a public address system and the capability to send a mass e-mail to warn of an emergency.

The academy has been working on a camera monitoring system and an emergency operations center . A system of fences, gates and barriers to protect midshipmen also is in the works.

The academy has been focusing on beefing up security at Bancroft Hall, the huge dorm that houses the entire student body of more than 4,000 midshipmen. Some midshipmen are being specially trained in anti-terrorism protection.

MILLERSVILLE

Strip search ruled not inappropriate

Anne Arundel County police said their investigation found no criminal wrongdoing when elementary school students were forced to strip during a check for ticks during an overnight trip at a nature center.

The third-graders from Shipley’s Choice Elementary School in Millersville were told by adults to remove their clothes during the April trip to Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center.

After someone complained about the strip search, Principal Linda Ferrara was transferred to the school system’s central office.

From wire dispatches and staff reports