High school lockdown drill to include gunfire
Responding to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, a northwest suburban Illinois school is planning a very realistic preparedness drill.
Gunfire will be part of a school drill Wednesday in the north Chicago suburb of Cary.
Cary police will use blanks so students at Cary Grove High School will hear what a gun shot sounds like.
The school will be on a simulated lockdown for 20 minutes Wednesday.
Senior Colin Olsen is ready for the “Code Red” drill.
“Supposedly the teachers do it on institute day. They’re all ready. We’ve just never done a drill like this,” he said.
It’s the first time District 155 will use the gun fire during this type of drill during school hours. Once all students are locked inside of their classrooms, an announcement will be made.
“They will describe that there will be simulated gunfire in order to help our staff and students understand what gunfire would sound like coming for another part of the building so that if that active scenario ever happens they can identify it as soon as possible,” said District Spokesperson Jeff Puma.
Reaction from parents is mixed, he says. Some are in favor of firing the blanks, others simply don’t understand why this drill, one that deals with a potential threat of gun violence, actually has to use a gun to make the point.
Social workers will be inside the school to talk with anyone who has problems after the drill. A letter from Cary Grove’s principal encourages parents to talk with their students, about their feelings.