School Shooting Drill Tests Teachers' Preparedness

By Emma Koch

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School Shooting Drill Tests Teachers' Preparedness

May 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM EDT

OREGON (www.incnow.tv) -- A small Oregon town, Halfway, is making headlines after 15 teachers at Pine Eagle Charter School were taken by surprise in a school shooting drill.

According to a report in The Oregonian, two of the school's teachers donned masks and hoodies and entered a meeting room full of teachers armed with handguns loaded with blanks. Students were at home for the day so no children were involved in the drill.

The teachers, who had been trained by the Union County Sheriff's Office on how to handle an assault by "active shooters", said they were shocked and scared when the two masked teachers began shooting but the drill showed that not many of them would have survived the attack despite their training.

According to the report, the goal of the drill was to learn how people react so that emergency plans could be improved.

One of the teachers told the Oregonian that the drill made her aware that she would've thought of the sounds of gunfire in the hallway as "kids' sounds in the hall". She said the drill showed her that her plan needing improving and has "heightened [her] awareness about what's around [her]".

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