ANOTHER Active Shooter Drill - Florida middle school has routine disrupted - by police with drawn guns
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
11/16/2014 (2 years ago)
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"We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us," one Jewett Middle Academy student told reporters. The Florida school underwent an "active shooter" drill, intended to prepare for the possibility of an armed person walking on campus. Many students and teachers there were terrified - then reportedly irritated when they were not told beforehand.
One mother received a text from her seventh-grade daughter Lauren Marionneaux, pictured, after two armed officers burst into her classroom.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Police say they conduct these drills for the absolute safety of the students. "These types of drills are vital in order to evaluate not only law enforcement response, but more importantly to educate the students and school officials in case an actual event were to occur," Chief Charlie Bird said in an email to media.
Parents were notified of the drill through email after it was over. Parents receiving panicked texts from their children as the drill was going on got a different message: They thought it was real.
"We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us," one Jewett Middle Academy student told reporters. The Florida school underwent a shooting drill, intended to prepare for the possibility of an armed person walking on campus.
Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said police are able to evaluate a school's response.
"It's very important that, when you do your drill, you do it without everyone knowing that it's a drill," Bird said. "How you train and how you prepare is how you're going to react when everything goes bad."
"It really is to protect the children and at no point in time would we endanger any of the children," Bird insisted.
One mother received a text from her seventh-grade daughter Lauren Marionneaux after two armed officers burst into her classroom. Winter Haven police told The Post that one of the officers had his duty firearm drawn.
The gun was loaded. The other officer was carrying an unloaded AR-15. According to Ray, one of her children texted: "I thought he was going to shoot me."
Spokesperson Jamie Brown for the Winter Haven police department, in a statement The Washington Post, said they were only aware of one student who texted a parent during the exercise.
"Unfortunately, no one gets an advanced notice of real life emergencies," Polk County Public Schools spokesman Jason Gearey said in an e-mailed statement to The Washington Post. "We don't want students to be scared, but we need them to be safe."
Do you think that these drills are a worthwhile exercise?
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