Parents in Chicago are upset after receiving a letter from school officials informing them that they will be running a school shooting drill that involves firing blanks in the hallways of the school.
In a letter addressed to parents, Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant, informed parents that the school will be running a live code red drill on Wednesday. The drill will use real weapons, and school officials will be firing blanks “in an effort to provide teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”
Part of the letter read:
The simulation will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which time teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building. Please note that we will be firing blanks in the hallway in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire. Our school resource officer and other members of the Cary Police Department will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill. At the conclusion of the drill, we will take some time to process what occurred and then we will return to our normal classroom routine.
After yesterday’s Drill in Houston, that used multiple military and law enforcement agencies firing live rounds at a Houston school, it’s really getting hard for parents to want to send their kids back to these schools. While we believe preparedness is always a good thing, in this case I’m not sure scaring the hell out of students is the best way to go about it.