Since there isn’t enough terror in the world, officials at one Halfway, Oregon school thought it would give its teachers the shock of their lives by having two masked gunmen burst into a conference room at Pine Eagle Charter School during a teachers’ meeting, and open fire!
Thankfully, no one died—from gun wounds or a surprise heart attack—because it was a fake stunt meant to be a training exercise. According to The Oregonian, the administration had simply planned this surprise drill to see if teachers would be prepared to react in a real-life shooting situation.
Although the faculty had already received training from the Union County Sheriff ‘s Office on different active shooter scenarios, elementary school teacher Morgan Gover said that only two teachers would have lived if the drill had been real. “I’ll tell you, the whole situation was horrible. I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back,” she said.
While we wouldn’t be as forgiving as this staff, most of the teachers said that they learned good lessons from the drill. One teacher, Dollie Beck, said that before the drill, she wouldn’t have been able to identify gunfire as anything more than kids’ sounds in the hall, but now she would know what to listen for and would make a point of taking safety precautions like keeping her classroom door locked, to use windows to escape and to keep calm for the sake of her students, in an emergency. “Emotion begets emotion,” she said.
Since news of the drill spread through the 288-person town of Halfway, many have criticized the administration's’ set-up. However, it seems that the “victims” themselves found it to be valuable.
“I’m in charge of a pile of kids. It [the drill] made me analyze as a teacher what my role is for these babies,” said Gover.
Now that’s a teacher we would like to request for next year!
Source: The Oregonian