Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Oregon's Pine Eagle Charter School is in hot water today after running an exercise that featured two gunmen bursting into a meeting on campus, and opening fire on faculty while students were at home on an in-service day.
No one was hurt, however — the guns were loaded with blanks. The perpetrators? Faculty at Pine Eagle.
From The Oregonian:
Principal Cammie DeCastro said it became clear very quickly just how many of the school's 15 teachers would have survived. The answer: "Not many," she said.
Elementary teacher Morgan Gover, 31, said only two teachers would have lived to tell the tale. She admitted being scared, and also acknowledged she would have been among the casualties, having taken several fake direct hits from the shooters.
"I'll tell you, the whole situation was horrible," she said. "I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back."
The surprised staff had received training from the Union County Sheriff's Office on active shooter scenarios. They had been told they had some options, such as not rushing out of their classrooms when gunfire erupted, and locking and barricading their doors.
They weren't expecting a drill like this, and they were caught by surprise when the two men entered and began firing.
The school is considering arming teachers, or hiring armed guards or volunteers to protect students, and will be evaluating its options over the coming weeks.
Presumably, they won't run this drill again if they arm teachers.