Great moments in school safety

by Walter Olson on October 23, 2013

Sending fake gunmen into schools as an exercise? Have authorities lost their mind? [Jennifer Abel, Anorak via Brian Doherty]


1 Boblipton 10.23.13 at 10:49 am

These exercises need to be as realistic as possible to be effective. They needed to send in some real gunmen to shoot the principal.


2 DensityDuck 10.23.13 at 1:20 pm

On the one hand, it’s an incredibly scary situation, and you want to make the training as realistic as possible so that if it does happen you don’t get people having their brain overwhelmed by unaccustomed surges of adrenalin.

On the other hand, we do not improve the verisimilitude of fire drills by actually setting the school on fire.

3 En Passant 10.23.13 at 6:26 pm

Walter Olson asks:

Have authorities lost their mind?

Either that, or they have made a rational decision to practice gratuitous evil by presenting their their young charges with an impossible catch-22.

As Brian Doherty cited, from the article:

It’s unclear exactly what good-citizenship lesson the kids were supposed to learn — “sphincter control,” perhaps — but it’s a lucky thing none of the kids tried anything heroic, like disarming the gunman, because any student who did that would surely be kicked out of school.

Again, seriously. Last March, that’s exactly what happened to a Florida high school boy after he disarmed a fellow student who was aiming a loaded weapon at a third classmate. School spokesmen justified the hero kid’s suspension because, “If there is a potentially dangerous situation, Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”

4 Richard Nieporent 10.23.13 at 9:11 pm

Shouldn’t the principal be fired for violating the school’s zero tolerance rule?

5 Doug 10.23.13 at 9:11 pm

terrorizing kids is just a stupid idea. what is these people’s thinking at?

6 Shtetl G 10.24.13 at 1:09 pm

Aren’t there anti-bullying laws to address abusive situations like this?

7 MattS 10.24.13 at 2:28 pm

“Have authorities lost their mind?”

This presupposes without evidence that the authorities had a mind in the first place.

8 stuhlmann 10.24.13 at 9:42 pm

Was this exercise held before or after the school had armed the teachers?

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