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 A school district in Hot Springs, S.D. held a mock emergency drill based on an imaginary threat letter that said, "things dear to everyone will be destroyed unless continuation of the Keystone pipeline and uranium mining is stopped immediately."

800 students were locked down in classrooms and told to remain quiet, while a bomb squad was called in.

"The [Keystone and mining] opponents are about as non-violent bunch of people as you can imagine. They are just plain concerned and have raised issues of the safety of both those projects," said local farmer Don Kelley, adding it was particularly concerning that children in Hot Springs were being taught to fear people who raise environmental and land-use concerns.

Read the article from Rapid City Journal newspaper.

Originally posted to Bateach on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Every teacher is a student, every student is a teacher.

    by Bateach on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:11:33 AM PDT

  •  Actually...This is not Keystone XL... (0+ / 0-)

    Keystone XL does not pass through SD, but the Keystone Pipeline currently in operation does. (and yes...The Keystone Pipeline in operation has been bringing TarSands into the US to refineries in IL and OK for years.)

    TransCanada Keystone Information

  •  follow-up (1+ / 0-)
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    Basically, the planners involved said

    It was never their intent to offend anyone with this script, and they are very sorry that it has given offense.
    The script was never meant to be made public--beyond the planning group, it was intended only for the eyes of school principals who would carry out the drills.
    The "environmental issue" (Keystone XL and uranium mining) was chosen by the planners because it's a "hot-button" and "relevant" in the area and would "add realism to the scenario."
    The author, a peaceful opponent of Keystone XL, points out
    The public reaction to this drill is not the "fault" of a journalist "getting hold of information he was never meant to have." It's the fault of planners who were doing something they should not have been doing in the first place.
    Regardless of their intentions, the planners' identifying this drill with a particular group of people holding a particular point of view is not legitimate. It stigmatizes their position and their right to dissent, and also "criminalizes" it, at least in hypothetical terms.

    Teach your children well.

    Never separate the life you live from the words you speak - Paul Wellstone

    by meralda on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:32:00 AM PDT

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