Scaring Students

We’ve all gotten used to the stories of school drug sweeps and “scared straight” tactics getting more and more ridiculous. Student made to stand against walls, getting sniffed by drug dogs, having weapons pointed at them. But this is a new level of insanity.

A school shooting drill planned for tomorrow in the far northwestern suburbs has many parents upset.

According to a letter from Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant, there will be a code red drill at the school on Wednesday.

It will include somebody shooting blanks from a gun in the hallway “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports, during the drill, teachers will keep students in their rooms, lock their doors, and draw their curtains. Police will sweep the building, while someone will fire two shots – blanks – from a starter pistol.

I just love this quote from one of the parents:

“If you need to run a drill, you run a drill,” [Sharon Miller] told WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya. “They run fire drills all the time, but they don’t run up and down the hallway with a flamethrower.”

You can read further for more disheartening information, including parents dragging out the “better safe than sorry” line and the revelation that this idea came from the local cops. They don’t quite say that live fire exercises will be next, but I’m pretty sure that’s coming.

Of course, if someone were talking about these kids hearing blanks fired in, say, a violent movie … or seeing pixels exploded in a violent video game, they would be shrieking the heavens down about how awful this was. And if you suggested, heaven forfend, that schools have shooting clubs like my dad’s high school did, they would faint.

Look, I don’t think this will “traumatize” the kids or anything. But it’s just stupid. And it’s another an example of how hysterical people have gotten about school shootings, an event which happens at about one in 7,000 schools every year and about one in a million schools when it comes to mass shootings. And it’s also an example of how putting cops in schools is having negative consequences:

More than a third of American sheriffs’ departments and nearly half of all police departments have officers assigned to local schools, according to Department of Justice statistics from early last decade. Students today are arrested in school for offenses that include talking back to a police officer, doodling on a desk with an erasable marker, farting, and being an eight-year old throwing a temper tantrum. In other words: criminalizing childhood misbehavior.

School police help enforce a regime that deals out suspensions for transgressions ranging from signing a gospel song with friends at lunch, making out with a love interest, or blowing spit balls. Schools now also require drug tests for an ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities that now includes middle-school sports and even chess club, Future Farmers of America, and band (though a California judge in 2009 ruled drug testing for the latter set unconstitutional under state law).

Our schools are becoming far too comfortable with this sort of thing. And what’s more, our students are becoming far too used to an environment that encourages them to be hysterical, compliant and obedient to authority: exactly the kind of generation big government has long craved.

  1. I’m having a problem “having a problem” with this.

    Gun fire does not make the “pew, pew, pew” sound nor does it sound like Space Invaders or most movies. A couple of shots in a hallway are going to echo and re-echo. It WILL get your attention in a closed space.

    As to the mother with the flame-thrower analogy, apples and oranges. Fire barely makes a warning sound until it’s almost too late to act.

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  2. Maybe if they want to familiarize students with the sound of gunfire, they should bring back shooting clubs and marksmanship as an extracurricular activity.

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  3. Maybe if they want to familiarize students with the sound of gunfire, they should bring back shooting clubs and marksmanship as an extracurricular activity.

    OMG, Dakrat, won’t you think of the children! Oh, wait, you are.

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  4. Oh hell, I rushed off to comment without reading the whole post. I didn’t see you already brought up shooting clubs until I came back and read the whole thing just now, Hal.

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  5. Maybe if they want to familiarize students with the sound of gunfire, they should bring back shooting clubs and marksmanship as an extracurricular activity.

    The high school that my son will attend has marksmanship. It may be related to ROTC, I am not sure, but when I went to vote in November they were doing something with rifles in the gym. I have no problem with it, but I do see it as more of a responsibility for parents.

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  6. Just a thought, but if it was clear that society and the culture had moved towards ASSUMING a mass shooting was going to happen at every school and made every absurd – or sensible – (I have no opinion) measure to counter this, in a school environment, then most shooters, madmen, will consider it not worth the hassle, and just take their bloodlust elsewhere. Probably cinemas.

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  7. This is a great idea

    I also suggest they starting having:

    1. Language drills and bring in someone that speaks English so they can learn to recognize the sound.

    2. Math drills and bring in someone that knows how to use a pencil and paper so they can recognize them in a lineup.

    3. Economics drills and bring in someone with a non union private sector job so they can recognize what a working person looks like.

    4. American History drills and bring an original copy of the constitution so they can see what individual liberty used to be.

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  8. Just a thought, but if it was clear that society and the culture had moved towards ASSUMING a mass shooting was going to happen at every school and made every absurd – or sensible – (I have no opinion) measure to counter this, in a school environment, then most shooters, madmen, will consider it not worth the hassle, and just take their bloodlust elsewhere. Probably cinemas.

    Almost none of these mass-shootings are in random locations. The shooters almost always choose specific locations for specific reasons. They don’t just think “I just want to kill lots of random people, where would be the best place to do it”. They’ve planned it, and they are doing it for ‘a reason’.

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  9. Almost none of these mass-shootings are in random locations. The shooters almost always choose specific locations for specific reasons. They don’t just think “I just want to kill lots of random people, where would be the best place to do it”. They’ve planned it, and they are doing it for ‘a reason’.

    Yeah they normally use a list of the “gun free zones” as a starting point then decide from there.

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  10. Almost none of these mass-shootings are in random locations. The shooters almost always choose specific locations for specific reasons. They don’t just think “I just want to kill lots of random people, where would be the best place to do it”. They’ve planned it, and they are doing it for ‘a reason’.

    For once I agree totally with CM. And I want to point out that these killers tend to pick schools primarily because, as balthazar mentioned, they are “gun free zones”. these insane fucks then have to worry a lot less about being interrupted or stopped before they can get a respectable kill count. A count that will give them lots of media time by the leftards that will seize on emotional vagaries and the human need to pretend sociey can be made safe magically by banning things, that arises around these tragic killings – never let a crisis go to waste – as a way to propose we have even more “gun free zones” to stop the killings. What a fucking bunch of morons the lot of them.

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  11. One wishes to point out, if memory serves, that the Batman Cinema killer was also preped to use explosives and had seen one too many Saw movies. So even if America had no guns, he would have simply blown up the school I would wager.

    I read somewhere than the vast majority of these shooters seem to be on certain meds… Not too sure if anyone posted anything on this here. Or if anyone knows more. Worth a musing.

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