Rumor: School shooting drill will include shooting blanks in hallway

Simulation designed so students and teachers recognize sound of gunfire

CONFIRMED: Code red drill will take place at suburban Chicago high school on Wednesday

According to various reports by CBS News, Huffington Post, NBC Chicago and other news outlets, Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant sent an e-mail to parents detailing the simulation.

During the drill, which will take 15 to 20 minutes, "teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building" while unspecified individuals will shoot blanks in the hallway, Sargeant writes. Afterward, teachers and staff will "take some time to process what occurred" and social workers will be on hand to talk with those who need additional support. (Click here for other accounts of the story.)

School spokesman Jeff Puma said parents' reactions to the drill are evenly split for or against. Kassy Pinter, who said she didn't receive the letter in her e-mail inbox, vehemently opposes it.

“If you need to run a drill, you run a drill,” Pinter told WBBM Newsradio. “They run fire drills all the time, but they don’t run up and down the hallway with a flamethrower.”

'All about survival'

A similar simulation took place at Davenport University in Battle Creek, Mich., on Monday, but without the sound of gunfire.

Holding plastic guns, officers from the Emergency Response Team searched several classrooms looking for people pretending to be shooters and their victims, WFMY News 2 in Greensboro N.C., reported.

Participants learned a hard lesson on how quickly these types of situations can escalate.

"It's all about survival and it happens so fast," said Jeremy Holder, a 22-year-old student from Battle Creek. "I was caught off guard."

 

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