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Fake Blood and Blanks: Schools Stage Active Shooter Drills

NBC Shooter Drill

Does this story bother you, as it does me? These students are being terrorized and desensitized. They are being indoctrinated into not trusting anyone.  –  Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

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ROY, Mo.—In a cramped, carpeted amphitheater in the basement of Troy Buchanan High School, 69 students are waiting to die.

“You’ll know when it pops off,” says Robert Bowen, the school’s campus police officer. “If you get engaged with one of the shooters, you’ll know it.”

“When you get shot, you need to close your fingers and keep ‘em in,” adds Tammy Kozinski, the drama teacher. “When the bad guy and the police come through, they’ll step all over you, and who will be saying they’re sorry?”

“Nobody!” the students cry in unison.

(Editor’s note: There is a 2 minute video to be seen on the NBC website.)

This isn’t a bizarre, premeditated mass murder or some twisted sacrifice led by a student cult. These are the 20 minutes preceding an active shooter drill, the 13th one Missouri’s Lincoln County school district has staged in the past year.

All but 69 students have gone home for the day on early dismissal. These volunteer victims, mostly culled from the school’s drama class, are outfitted in fake-bloody bullet wounds, still wet and dripping down their foreheads, necks and chests. Bowen tells them what to expect: They’ll see “bad guys with AR-15s” shooting blanks during a simulated “passing period”—the moments when one class ends and the other begins. PVC pipes will be dropped on the floor to approximate IEDs. Crystal Lanham, a baby-faced freshman with long, gently-crimped brown hair, receives the dubious honor of being chosen as one of the gunmen’s hostages. She’s thrilled.

“I just really wanna get shot,” she jokes. “Is that weird?”

NBC Fake Shooting

(Before a school shooting simulation at Troy Buchanan High School, students Lauren Timmer, right, and Nick Guyot, use stage makeup to create fake wounds.)

In the wake of mass shootings from Columbine to Sandy Hook to many in between, schools have devised new and creative ways to prepare for tragedy. Most have adapted some form of the standard lockdown drill, but some districts have gone further, with programs teaching kids self-defense, proposals to train teachers with firearms—and full-scale drills like the one that’s about to happen in Troy, a town about an hour northwest of St. Louis.

In Missouri, it’s not only a trend; it’s the law. In August 2013, the state legislature took a cue from a handful of post-Sandy Hook lawmakers, like the ones in Illinois and Arkansas, and voted to require every school district to conduct simulated shooter drills. Because the law goes into effect this year, 20 superintendents from across the state are here to take notes.

Back in the drama room, the energy is jovial and jittery. Some kids, like Lanham, have never participated in a drill before. Others are veterans of simulations staged with high school volunteers in nearby elementary and middle schools (after the younger kids have gone home). Lanham is visibly excited, but some students, like 17-year-old Alex Bargen, are a little on-edge.

“I’ve done this like 10 times, and it gets me every time,” says Bargen, who agreed to do the drill as extra credit for drama class. “This one is even scarier because it’s on my home turf. It’s going to make me second-guess my school.”

“It’s a bit nerve-wracking because I’m disabled and can’t really run away,” says Katie Ladlie, 15, who is in a wheelchair. Her plan is to go into the elevator to the third floor and either slump in her wheelchair or fall out of it when the gunman shows up.

Kiera Loveless, 17, who has done eight drills before, “thought it would be fun at first. Now I wouldn’t say fun exactly—it’s scary. But a good experience.”

Loveless signed up because she thought it would look good on college applications. The first time she participated, she was “terrified.” She’d only heard gunshots on television. “I didn’t even really have to pretend. I kept having to remind myself ‘this isn’t real, this isn’t real.’”

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  1. Many believe “Sandy Hook” was this same exact thing…
    They never released the video from the many cameras all around the school.
    And many who lived in that town never heard of “Adam Lanza.”
    Besides there were many actors there and some where at the other supposed “shootings” like Columbine.
    You can see the many videos on “you-tube”.
    If anything, you can be sure the government is still planing more of these things, by this very story.

  2. I don’t know, Shorty, about your desensitizing thesis.As one who has tried to get some protection for my wife – a teacher- and my son – a student – I applaud these people for doing SOMETHING, rather than keeping their heads in the sand as they have done in our district. The drills as shown may be a bit excessive – they can learn as they go – but wouldn’t you say this is better than “Gun free zones”?
    Teachers are, after all the classic libtards oops I mean Liberals, so it’s not surprising that they can’t discriminate between commonsense measures and excessive ones.I think it will all shake out.It’s a fair certainty that no shooter will target a school that has prepared in this way.

  3. These are some very sick puppies to conduct drills like this in schools. I’m so tired of hearing the words TERRORISM, Al-Qaeda, and terrorist. When I walk around I don’t see Arabs peeking from around buildings and peeking from behind bushes and trees. Does anyone else?

  4. Fear is a VERY effective means of CONTROL.
    Here is how it works:
    “Make the masses FEAR a boogey man.
    When people are afraid, in a extreme FEAR induced state.
    They MOST often loose their Cognitive Reasoning ability.”

    If you convince people in FEAR that you have the solution, and ability
    to deal with the threat that scares them.
    Then those people will act as children and follow you willingly.
    Those people will make VERY bad decisions and follow you blindly.
    Because their cognitive, thinking, part of the brain is being NonFunctional
    because of the FEAR response mechanism.

    It does NOT matter if the THREAT causing the FEAR is actual or MADE up?
    It does NOT matter if the threat is from an outside source, “bad men gunman/terrorist”.
    Or if you duped the MASSES with a False Flag situation that you created yourself.
    As long as the masses are gullible/naive enough to BELIEVE the threat is real.
    Then you provide the “security/solution”, then those scared masses follow you.

    Here is the math:
    (Create a Problem + Make People Afraid) + You Offer Safety = People Follow Blindly

    Also known as Problem + Reaction = Solution

    How dare “Authorities” play mind games and traumatize these children.
    It is criminal.
    I would pull my children out of the school.
    Get the admin fired. Sue the school district.
    Sue the Police Department.
    Hurting the wallet is ALL these thugs understand.

    Impeach them. Fire them. Sue them. Arrest the TRAITORS.

  5. “Father” I am glad I am not alone around here! Especially when some one else dose such a better job at saying it than I ever could!!!

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