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Teachers Shocked, Frightened After School Holds Unplanned Shooting Drill

HALFWAY, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Teachers were shocked and caught off guard when an Oregon school held a school shooting drill.

The Oregonian reports Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway held the drill last Friday as children were home for an in-service day. Two masked “gunmen” burst into a meeting room holding 15 teachers firing blanks. Teachers only realized it wasn’t a real shooting when none of them were bleeding.

“There was some commotion,” school principal Cammie DeCastro told The Oregonian.

Teachers were frightened about what happened.

“I’ll tell you, the whole situation was horrible,” Morgan Gover told the paper. “I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back.”

The school held the unplanned drill in hopes to better educate teachers on how to deal with a school shooting. Of the 15 teachers in the room, only two would have survived.

“I’m in charge of a pile of kids,” Gover told The Oregonian. “It made me analyze as a teacher what my role is for these babies.”

The drill has been criticized but the school has dismissed the criticism.

“For us not to know how we were going to respond is leaving us open,” DeCastro told The Oregonian.

DeCastro added that arming teachers or having armed volunteers at the school are possible outcomes for the future.

Last month, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee passed, on a 3-2 party-line vote, four bills that would expand background checks and add new restrictions on carrying firearms. The bills next move to the Senate floor.

The proposed legislation would expand background checks to cover private gun sales and transfers, exempting exchanges between family members, including domestic partners. It would also prohibit licensed gun owners from openly carrying firearms in public buildings, allow school districts to ban firearms on school grounds, and require concealed-weapons permit applicants to take a course taught by a live instructor. A provision requiring applicants for concealed-weapons permits to pass a firing range test was dropped.

The drill comes in response to the December school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people, including 20 children.


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Those teachers should press charges for assult

and sue the district. Unbelievable. Talk about hostile work environment.

Vote me up or down on this Please!

Should I do a video of a AR-15 firing a blank indoors and post it, so you can see the carnage of such a thing? Blanks are not safe.

If there is interest, I will do it.


+8 - I'll do it at dawn :)

+8 - I'll do it at dawn :)

Done: On same topic, different comment.



It was unplanned drill...

So if you march into your representatives office firing blanks you can just call it an unplanned drill?

I hope the teachers close down that crap hole school and whoever planned this drill finds the right combination of medications.

What about

Taking a pressure cooker for "home ec" class? My wife said it the other day(and she can be a real cynic) Most people are decent. Look at all of them running toward the explosion!

Agree. Immediate school

Agree. Immediate school board impeachment, and firing of all involved. If school had a charter, revoke it.

Kids get a short year this year. Those scum bag "personnel" need to be held accountable. Felony charges for all involved, just like the girl in FLA who science experiment popped loudly. Zero tolerance applies to the staff too.


What if someone got a heart attack?

Would the school dismiss the criticism then?

No. They would still call it an unplanned drill.

Then they would blame the person ("fat slob") who had a heard attack.

They would blame the heart attack on his eating habits and lifestyle. They'd spin the whole crises and try to use it to grant themselves more power. In fact, you have to assume that causing a heart attack was part of their thought process.

Lucky drillers

Lucky none of those teachers had a real gun on them.

I sure hope that this encourages people to allow teachers to carry conceal in school.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine


This was a terrorist attack!

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift


I put a similar comment on the article. This is terrorism.

So I guess they know that

So I guess they know that since no one there can concealed carry, they cant defend themselves.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

What if a teacher or administrator was armed?

Can you imagine the potential for something going horribly wrong?


"The greatest mystery of all is truth." - Me, 2009

I wish one would have been.

I wish one would have been. Would have done several things. Show that arming teachers works and should be done as well as show that running these unplanned terrorist attacks, i mean 'drills' is dangerous and stupid.
Of course we know they would have ended up arresting the teacher that though she was defending herself.

Yeah, this is about 40 miles from me.

My sister in law is from Halfway, her maiden name is "Gover." They quote a woman named Gover who is almost certainly related to her.
These are my neighbors, my family, and when I posted a thread here I portrayed the TERROR these people experienced: "Hooded men open fire on Oregon teachers meeting." I don't know if it is Nystrom or a moderator, but they put "blank" in the headline against my direct objection.
Watering down the news on the dailypaul is a new low. Yes, they were blanks and the hooded men were cops. THE PEOPLE GETTING SHOT AT DID NOT KNOW THAT.
It was a top story, no one complained that I was "misleading" them - the full story was linked. I am livid about what happened, and disgusted by about having a story altered and MY NAME LEFT ON IT. If you don't like my title, delete the post or ask me to change it, but to change shit and leave my name on it is BULLSHIT.
This TERRORIST ATTACK on my neighbors is BULLSHIT.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

I used to have

family there. It is one of the smallest towns I've ever been too, such great people.

I don't blame you for being upset about this, and the posting drama.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Now, that is a small world.

In the vastness of the internet community, two if us with family in Halfway, Oregon on the same website.
I'm considering driving over there and chatting with the locals. You know how it is, getting there from Idaho is about an 1 1/2 hour drive to get about 40 miles. But it is morel season, and I could take the day and do some wildcrafting, have a nice visit with my beloved Snake river... Just so much to do around here, I don't know if I can justify the "day off."

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Ya my jaw dropped

when I saw "Halfway Oregon" I had to check to make sure that was correct.

You should take the day off! We could all use that from time to time.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine