What were they thinking?!

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.
"We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation," he said.
But parents of the sixth-grade students were outraged.
"The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them," said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.
Some parents said they were upset by the staff's poor judgment in light of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 students and professors dead, including the gunman.
During the last night of the trip, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose. They were told to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on locked door.

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My gawd, I thought it was bad when they introduced lock-down drills in schools, but this takes it way too far, imo.
Absolute idiocy

It was almost too hideous to contemplate a real mass killing of students. Why in hell would this numb nutted principal want to stage a pretend one? The time and money would have been better spent devising ways of keeping guns to hell out of the schools....adding metal detectors...etc. It has been pretty well proven that once someone gets inside the school with a loaded gun, there is little but passive defense available.
Americans seem to thrive in a climate of fear. It's how the government governs there.

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