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School Stages ‘Active Shooter’ Event

A charter school in a rural region of Oregon conducted a “school shooting” incident last week, intended as a safety preparedness drill. While some teachers in the school found the exercise to be helpful, reaction in Idaho to the planned event has been overwhelmingly negative. “This is a great example of what not to do,” Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, told … According to a report in The Oregonian newspaper, two masked men wearing hoodies and wielding handguns burst into the Pine Eagle Charter School in the rural town of Halfway last Friday. Students were at home for an in-service day, so the gunmen headed into a meeting room where teachers were gathered, and began opening fire. After a few seconds, school staffers figured out that the “bullets” were actually blanks because they were not drawing blood from the intended “victims”/Austin Hill, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: What would have happened if someone had died of a heart attack? I would have been upset, big time, if someone pulled this stunt at my kid's school. How about you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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