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Do you think an unexpected "active shooter" drill like this is a good idea?

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Masked Gunmen Shoot at Teachers at School -- But It's Not What It Appears

by Kiri Blakeley

Imagine being a teacher at this rural Oregon school. You're sitting there, probably enjoying some stale coffee and a croissant, chatting with other teachers at a meeting, when suddenly two masked men wearing hoodies burst in carrying guns and begin firing. You're hit. Once, twice, three times. You see no escape. You see your fellow teachers also being blasted with gunfire. Your life flashes before your eyes; you think about the parents, children, and friends you will leave behind. And then suddenly you realize there's no blood. And no one is dying. And you're okay too. And that's when it dawns on you. The bullets, the masked men, and the entire scenario are FAKE. Tah dah! Yes, this really happened. A school decided to give its teachers an "active shooter drill" -- but failed to tell them about it.

The drill was designed to test Pine Eagle Charter School's readiness in case of a Sandy Hook-type scenario. And apparently the drill showed that most of the teachers in the classroom would have died that day.

Said teacher Morgan Gover:

I'll tell you, the whole situation was horrible. I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back.

Although the staff had received some training from the local sheriff's office, none of them was expecting a surprise drill on that level. So there was real terror in the room -- at least for a few seconds.

As if teachers don't have enough to worry about. Seriously, this could have gone really wrong. Imagine a teacher with a heart condition having a heart attack and dying for some fake drill.

The drill did have a few "teachable" moments. Some teachers realized they didn't recognize the sound of gunfire and would have "blown it off as kids' sounds in the hall." Now they know what it sounds like.

Others realized how truly unprepared they were and made some changed to their classrooms -- like keeping their doors locked and knowing where the escape routes are.

I suppose there is nothing like the fake thing you think is real to prepare you for the real thing.

But I also imagine now the teachers will be living in a permanent state of fear realizing how easily the element of surprise could mean their deaths. Don't teachers have enough to worry about? I remember my mom saying how scarred she was by nuclear bomb drills that her classroom had as children. As if there is realistically anything you can do to hide from a nuclear bomb.

The principal says he's gotten some criticism over the drill but believes it was a valuable lesson. This is the type of thing that school shootings leave behind -- fear where there shouldn't be. It's a tragedy that teachers, kids, and parents have to live with this.

Do you think an unexpected drill like this is a good idea?

by on May. 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Replies (11-20):
by Bronze Member on May. 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

What an awful idea.

by on May. 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM
No. Drills are fine, but staff should be informed it's only a drill. Just like fire drills.
by on May. 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Spectacularly bad idea.  It's a wonder none of the "gunmen" got hurt.  It's a miracle none of the administrators/board members who thought this up got hurt.

by Silver Member on May. 3, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Definitely not a good idea.I think it is too stupid.Someone could have seriously gotten hurt.Drills can be great but everyone should be made aware before a drill of this sort.

by Member on May. 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I think it has potential for valuable lessons. Maybe not without it's warning though, not without true proper training, and not so soon after the real deal.

by Gold Member on May. 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I'm ok with it. Growing up in California I remember earthquake drills, as kids. We learned what we were to do, had practices, and then unannounced drills. Not realy different than unannounced fire drills now, oil company explosions, etc.

There is a right way to do it though... train and practice. then "sometime inthe next week, there will be an unnannounced drill" not just a spur of the moment without training or warning. It won't go well...

Unfortunately, we've had far too many of these in society. Just another way to be prepared. Remember bomb shelters? That was needed in the day, I think this is needed now. I never would have thought of it, but I sure have no problem with it.

If nothing else, just like any other disaster, people may have better reaction times, and an idea of what to do. hopefully, the best outcome of all this additional preparation is less loss of life.

by Mahinaarangi on May. 4, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Reading the other post...Im going to go with no.

by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM


Quoting LIMom1105:

No. Drills are fine, but staff should be informed it's only a drill. Just like fire drills.

by on May. 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

 No, I don't.

by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

No. As a parent I'd withdraw my child. As a teacher I'd quit. No.

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