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  •  Whatever. The intention was a good (0+ / 0-)

    one (to drill the students in case of a real emergency), but the execution was idiotic. What kind of standard should these principals be held to? Perfection? Sorry, but these humans are heroes to do what they do and I think each of them is entitled to one big mistake once in a while. Nobody died here.

    •  Except it's the kind of 'drill' that doesn't work. (9+ / 0-)

      You want people to drill for high-stress situations without the stress present. That means that when the stress is affecting their judgment capacity, they already know what to do and the memory of having done it helps them remember what to do.

      The intruder drills my high school did post-Columbine involved nothing more than teachers walking us through what we should do if an event occurred in their classroom - where the safe spots to clump out of sight were. There was no intentional adding of stress beyond the natural 'you are training for an event that could kill you if you get this wrong, and maybe if you get this right' response.

      Doing something that could give everyone involved the same PTSD as being present for a real event? That's more likely to trigger a meltdown in a real dangerous situation that would keep someone from being able to get to safety - and possibly turn them into a danger for anyone trying to help get them to safety. And that would be true of this occurring in any school or workplace.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:11:10 PM PST

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      •  Great point (1+ / 0-)
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        It can be argued that this not only is a cruel and worthless tactic for drills, it is also so criminally negligent that it may make response to a real one more dangerous than it could have been.

        This school has had lockdowns before, real ones, less dramatic and more professional when some possibly disgruntled students who have been removed from the school return without authorization. So it is not out of the question that this hoax may have fatal repercussions in the future when a real lock down occurs.

    •  But the students and the teachers maybe be (10+ / 0-)

      living with flashbacks for the rest of their lives. Seriously.

      And, as pointed out down below, if one of the teachers had been armed, as Wayne Lapierre and the NRA wants, some of the students and or the teachers and or the administrators, could be dead.

      There are some mistakes which are too big to allow the possibility that they might happen again.

      Also, I haven't seen this mentioned here, so I will also point out that the admins didn't contact the police to let them know about the drill either, so when a 911 call went out from a terrified teacher, before the "drill" was called off, police officers did arrive. Someone may have died because those police officers' time wasted.

                          Just my two cents,
                                Heather

                   

      Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

      by Chacounne on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:40:17 PM PST

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