Monday, October 24, 2011

Fake Event in H.S.

Rick Green: Drug-sniffing dogs come to Wolcott High School, with a twist. - Courant.com

Another story of a fake event at a school. This latest took place in CT. Students were told there was an intruder in the school and they were in lock-down:
an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.
Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the windows.
But what sounded like a frightening situation was just a search for narcotics. Drug-sniffing dogs combed the school while students stayed in locked classrooms, believing that an attacker was roaming the halls.

No intruder, lock down was a drill not the real deal, and why? So students -- freaked,locked inside their building and thinking a dangerous individual was on the edge and that anything could happen at any moment -- could be saved from drugs.

The superintendent justified this by saying drills are required. True, they are. But his reasoning was, at best, disingenuous. According to this article, parents weren't notified beforehand, only shortly afterwards, and no mention of the drug search.

What astounds me is the sheer arrogance and lack of "getting it" on many school administrators. Admitting that Wolcott High School doesn't have a drug problem, one school board member said:
Bringing the dogs in "is precautionary," said school board Chairwoman Patricia Najarian, who added that she didn't see a problem with the fake intruder story.
The drug search is "something that is good to do periodically. It says we don't have drugs in the school,'' she said. "Either way it's a win-win. I know people get concerned … there seems to be an overreaction."

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