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School Terror Drills

Starting shortly after the Columbine terror attacks, terror drills have become a regularity in schools throughout America. These drills serve two purposes: Terrorize American children and provide cover for future false-flag terror attacks. The truth about governmental drills is they are rarely done on locations that are not a future "target", and you never know when the terror drills will go live.

The amount of terror drills occurring at American universities and colleges is terrorizing in and of itself. Aside from brainwashing the students to the new and terrifying way of American life, it allows government agencies to perfect false-flag terror scenarios and work out any kinks prior to the terror drills going live.

Currently, school and university terror propaganda is also at an all-time high. In 2012 alone, there were at least 30 cases of school and university attacks, outbreaks, threats and scares with at least 12 major plots to bomb or shoot-up U.S. schools or universities allegedly thwarted by officials. Numerous school and university terror drills have also prepped local, state and federal officials for impending school terror on the level of the Columbine shooting and the Beslan massacres, both of which state-sponsored attacks. School and university terror is blinking red on every level; the only question is when and where the state-sponsored terror attacks will occur.

School Terror Drills 
Date: November 1, 2006
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: DHS, Albany Police 
School(s): Godfrey-Lee Schools
Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Notes: Armed riot police raided a Michigan junior and high school as part of a drill that the children were not aware of. 

Title: 
Armed Men Terrorize School 
Date: 
November 1, 2006 
Source: 
Infowars 

Abstract
A recent incident in which armed riot police raided a Michigan junior and high school as part of a drill that the children were not aware was about to take place raises the bar in the pursuit of an agenda to fully transform public schools into prison training camps set up to breed continuous generations of obedient slaves.

The Associated Press reports,

"A school safety drill that included police officers in riot gear with weapons has caused concern among some parents who say it was too realistic and frightened some students."

"Students, who were unaware police were conducting a drill, were taken from the classroom into the halls, patted down by officers and asked what they had in their pockets, the newspaper said."

"Some of these kids were so scared, they just about wet their pants," said Marge Bradshaw, a parent with four children in Godfrey-Lee Schools. "I think it's pure wrong that the students and parents were not informed of this."

The students were not told that the drill was about to take place and the teachers were given just a moments notice.

The mock attack was funded by a Homeland Security grant and required the participation of students to act bloody and injured, also involving hospitals, morgues and mannequins painted up to look like dead children, as parents were ordered to dash to emergency rooms frantic in the belief that their child had perished.

The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District later had to apologize for characterizing homeschoolers as terrorists after hundreds of complaints poured in (Infowars, 2006).  

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
July 25, 2007
Name:
 Unknown 
Agencies:
 Albany Police 
School: 
West Albany High 
Location: 
Albany, New York
Notes:
 Drill simulated an active shooter on school grounds. 

Title: 
School Shooting Drill Gets Cops, Kids On Same Page
Date: 
July 25, 2007
Source: 
KVAL News 

AbstractFor students, fire drills and earthquake drills are simply the norm, but on Wednesday, in a sign of the times, students in Albany took part in a school shooting drill that was very intense.

This may have been only a drill, but it's just about as real as it gets.

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"Basically, the weaponry is the same weapon we carry on duty," said Albany Police Sgt. Travis Giboney. "However, they use a marking cartridge: kind of like a paintball, except it's a gas-driven paint pellet."

Two counties' worth of law enforcement, and a couple of dozen student volunteers, took part in this active shooter drill at West Albany High on Wednesday.

"It's kind of scary at first," says sophomore Matt Groshong. "You can even feel the gun when it goes off, and when it hits, when the bullets hit, it's all so realistic, it's just weird."

There are many unknowns, but one thing's for certain -- there's at least one shooter on a rampage.

As law enforcement heads into a situation, the kids who are playing the roles know what they're doing, and the bad guys also know what's going on. But these guys don't know what to expect. In that sense, it's the same feeling they'd have if they walked into an active shooter situation.

The bullets are replaced with paint, and the good guys always win, but the cops and the kids say they're better prepared for the worst.

"I don't think people think about it happening at their school, because they're like, oh, that doesn't happen here," said sophomore Jake Blecker. "But I mean, potentially it could happen anywhere, and so it kind of gives you an experience of what it would be like and how scary it would actually be."

There are about 100 law enforcement officials from Linn and Benton Counties taking part in the training, which continues through Thursday. Officials debrief each group after their simulations to talk about what they've learned, and how to improve (KVAL News, 2007)

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
July, 2007
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Burlington Police
School: Burlington Township High Scool
Location: Burlington, New Jersey
Notes: Drill simulated two mock gunmen from a fake right-wing fundamentalist group called the "New Crusaders" — a group that does not believe in the separation of church and state — stormed the school. The idea was that they were angry that one of their daughters was expelled for praying before class.

Title: New Jersey School Criticized For 'Christian' Terror Drill
Date: August 5, 2007
Source: Fox News 

AbstractThe Burlington Township High Scool in New Jersey along with the local police and fire departments are taking heat for a fake hostage drill conducted on the school grounds last month.

The drill, aimed at testing the reactions of faculty and first responders during a simulated attack, included an imaginary scenario that has some Christians up in arms.

During the simulation, two mock gunmen from a fake right-wing fundamentalist group called the "New Crusaders" — a group that does not believe in the separation of church and state — stormed the school. The idea was that they were angry that one of their daughters was expelled for praying before class.

Nobody from the school, including from the superintendent's office or the police department, was willing to talk about the drill on camera, but the township issued a statement saying the chosen scenario was never intended to offend any group and was meant to be generic in nature.

"The term 'Christian' was not included in the scenario. It was believed that all groups pray and prayer in school is a universal issue," reads the statement from the school.

"Similarly it is further believed that all groups experience right-wing fundamentalists in their organizations. The bottom line was the protection of human life should a significant event unfold.

The spokeswoman for the school told FOX News that any "perceived insensitivities" to any religious community are "definitely regrettable."

"It was certainly not the intent to portray any group in a negative manner," said Liz Scott. "The district cherishes and we respect and celebrate the diversity of culture and the faith that exists within our community. Our schools have respected and supported staff members and our students' right to pray."

But critics say even though the word "Christian" wasn't stated explicitly in the scenario, which was created by the Burlington Police and the township public safety director, it is offensive and clearly implied the fake gunmen were Christians.

Pawson also said the scenario was not realistic.

"Those kinds of buzzwords, 'crusader' — that's Christian only — 'right-wing fundamentalists,' 'separation of church and state,' 'praying' … all those phrases together, buzzwords equal 'Christian,'" said Bob Pawson, the national coordinator of the Scriptures in School Project.

"This is an unreal scenario, like I said. No child can be expelled for praying in a school since it's legal; therefore, the parents wouldn't have gotten mad, they wouldn't have used guns. If a school district had expelled a girl for praying in class, the parents would have shown up with attorneys, not with pistols."

The school says critics are blowing things out of proportion and that only about a half-dozen students participated in the drill. But the other side says it's religious ignorance and there's no excuse for it (Fox News, 2007)

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
March 18, 2010
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Santa Rosa Police SWAT Team, Santa Rosa Fire Department
School: Santa Rosa Junior College
Location: Santa Rosa, California 
Notes: Drill simulate an emergency response to a shooter on campus and a hostage situation. 

Title: Police Swarm SRJC For Drill
Date: 
March 18, 2010
Source:
 Press Democrat 

AbstractWhen Chase Covington emerged from Baker Hall on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus Thursday morning, his arms were riddled with bloody “bullet” wounds.

Covington was a role player an elaborate drill staged by the college police force, Santa Rosa Police, Petaluma Police and Santa Rosa Fire Department to simulate emergency response to a shooter on campus and a hostage situation.

The scenes played out were created by members of the Santa Rosa Police SWAT team, said Sgt. Mike Tosti. “They come up with the scenarios based on situations that have occurred,” he said. “Everything that we come up with is designed to mimic real life.”

Even a bit of pain.

Covington, who will enter the police academy next month, played a member of an extreme environmental activist group that took over a classroom of students played by other role players. He was hit multiple times by the practice “bullets” that were bullet-shaped vessels loaded with colored detergent.

“I suppose it feels like a bee sting, maybe a little more painful than a bee sting,” he said, looking at the bloody welts a little larger than a pencil-top eraser that marked both arms.

About 60 people participated in Thursday’s multi-agency drill, but only a select few had access to the opening script that had shooters attempting to take over a classroom just after 10 a.m.

The rest of the four-hour drill on the otherwise quiet campus that is closed for spring break this week unfolded according to how police and role-playing “bad guys” responded.

“We can’t wait until we have all the information, it takes too long,” said Mike Azzouni, team leader for hostage negotiators.

In the end, one cell phone died, forcing police to deploy a “throw phone” to speak with those barricaded inside. Later, a kidnapper tried to walk out with the “students,” and was caught.

Suspects also left booby traps in the classrooms — bombs that could have gone off in real life but which were detected and disarmed by police, Azzouni said.

Those “killed” included a person playing the role of a student and two playing suspects, Azzouni said. A number of suspects were injured, he said.

Throwing different agencies into an unknown situation and demanding the players work it out on the fly is crucial, Azzouni said.

“This training is invaluable,” he said. “It’s as realistic as we could get.”

Right down to the frantically beating heart of those playing the bad guys, Covington said.

“You definitely start hearing your heart go really fast,” he said of hearing the officers closing in on him as he hid in a classroom. “It’s just scary. They are scary. I could only imagine if it’s a real life situation, you would be terrified.”

Neighbors and members of the campus community were alerted to the drill prior to Thursday morning. Police tape stretched around the northwest corner of the campus from Armory Drive to Elliott Avenue to Scholars Drive (Press Democrat, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: March 26, 2010
Name: Unknown
Agencies: DHS, Springfield Greene County Office of Emergency Management 
School: Missouri State University 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Notes: Drill simulated guys with guns and Haz-Mat gear on the campus.

Title: MSU Drill Underway
Date: June 10, 2010
Source: Ozarks First 

Abstract: There's no need for concern if you see guys with guns and Haz-Mat gear on the campus of Missouri State University today.

Battalion Chief Andy Wood with the Springfield Fire Department says, the drill's purpose is "Just to get us all on the same page practice our incident command, our unified command and get us all working together " 

The Springfield Greene County Office of Emergency Management is putting on the Haz-Mat fire and bomb drill.

It began around 9 a.m. today and continued for a few hours at Hammons House on campus.

The Homeland Seccuirty team is part of the exercise (Ozarks First, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
May 8, 2010
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Firefighting agencies in Stanislaus County 
School: Uknown 
Location: Stanislaus County, California
Notes: Drill simulated a WMD and hazardous materials incident.


Title: California County WMD Training Set For Saturday
Date: May 6, 2010
Source: Infowars 

Abstract: Firefighting agencies in Stanislaus County will be conducting an exercise Saturday, simulating a weapon of mass destruction incident to better prepare themselves.

About 150 firefighting personnel will be participating in several undisclosed locations throughout the county, including a school, a warehouse and a wildland environment.

The exercise will include a search and rescue, a WMD and hazardous materials incident, a building fire and a wildfire.

The exercise also will cover required annual training for firefighters to maintain certification to respond to statewide emergencies (Infowars, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
May 18, 2010
Name: 
Unknown 
Agencies:
Wood County Local Emergency Planning Commission
School: Ohio Valley University
Location: Vienna, West Virginia
Notes: Drill simulated a response to a digruntled student who might set off a chemical leak, a fire, explosion, bomb or or take a hostage.

Title: Emergency Drill At OVU Tests Local Agencies’ Response
Date:
May 19, 2010
Source:
News & Sentinel

Abstract: Emergency crews from Wood County gathered Tuesday at Ohio Valley University to participate in a full-scale emergency exercise designed to critique and improve how agencies respond to emergencies.

Sponsored by the Wood County Local Emergency Planning Commission, the exercise involved agencies using normal radio channels to communicate and react to emergency scenarios acted out by volunteers at OVU's main campus.

Police and fire crews gathered at the south campus, which was designated as the staging area, until they were dispatched to the scene.

"We have volunteers who will be role-playing, and our agencies will respond to these emergency calls with real equipment," said Doug Hess, chairman of the emergency planning commission. "A lot of the agencies do their own kind of training, but this is an opportunity for all the agencies to work together in very realistic scenarios."

An outside consulting firm was hired by the planning commission with state grant funds to organize and evaluate the exercise.

Jeff Harvey, with JH Consulting in Buckhannon, said his company specializes in emergency preparedness training.

"The backstory in this whole exercise is centered around a disgruntled student who will spur a variety of emergency situations," said Harvey. "We have people designated as actors, observers and evaluators. The evaluators are experienced professionals who will be judging the preparedness of the emergency crews."

Crews will be evaluated on communications, sheltering, security, tactile and hazardous material response, said Harvey.

"This is an exciting undertaking," Hess said. "Tonight, our law enforcement and fire agencies will handle a variety of situations. There might be a chemical leak, a fire or an explosion. They could be dealing with a hostage situation or a bomb. For the most part, what happens tonight will be somewhat of a surprise to emergency crews," he said.

During the first emergency drill involving a possible explosive, an actor made an emergency call to the 911 center, prefacing the call with the phrase, "This is a drill," to inform dispatchers that there was not an actual emergency.

Agencies experienced glitches in communications, resulting in delays. Real emergency situations resulting from heavy rains in Wood County resulted in many of the ambulances participating in the drill to be dispatched to other areas.

"It's an interesting scenario," said Hess. "All of these agencies should react as if this was a real-life emergency."

The American Red Cross, hospitals, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, The ARC, Volunteer Action Center and Wood County Schools participated in the drill and provided volunteers. The SWAT team, sheriff's office, police and volunteer fire departments participated in the training exercise.

A second emergency exercise will take place from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Vienna Elementary School (News & Sentinel, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
May 18, 2010
Name: 
Unknown 
Agencies:
 ECU and Greenville police, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department, the N.C. Highway Patrol, Greenville Fire and Rescue, Pitt County Emergency Services, and Pitt Emergency Management
School: 
East Carolina University
Location: 
Greenville, North Carolina 
Notes
: Drill simulated a full-scale emergency planning drill at a residence hallon campus. 

Title:
 ECU To Conduct Emergency Drill May 18
Date: 
May 10, 2010
Source:
 ECU News 

Abstract: East Carolina University officials are scheduled to conduct a full-scale emergency planning drill May 18 at a residence hall on the west end of main campus.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are advised to avoid the following areas between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Green, White, Clement, Fletcher and Garrett residence halls, as well as Bloxton House and West End Dining.



Because of their proximity to the drill site, Mendenhall Student Center and the Student Recreation Center will be closed to the public until 1 p.m. University employees are asked to report to work as usual.

Some streets and parking areas on campus may be blocked, including Trustees Way at Fifth Street and in front of Jenkins Fine Arts Center; Faculty Way behind Jenkins and Bloxton House; a parking lot north of the Student Recreation Center; and Reade Street from Reade Circle to Fifth Street. B1 parking lots off Reade Street between 5th and 3rd streets will be unavailable.



The drill, a normal part of ECU emergency planning, is designed to prepare staff and law enforcement to respond to an active shooter on campus. People should be aware that the exercise may involve actors, emergency outdoor speakers and simulated use of weapons, said Tom Pohlman, environmental manager with ECU Environmental Health and Safety. 



The drill is scheduled to involve many agencies including ECU and Greenville police, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department, the N.C. Highway Patrol, Greenville Fire and Rescue, Pitt County Emergency Services, and Pitt Emergency Management (ECU News, 2010)

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
May 18, 2010
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Wood County Local Emergency Planning Commission
School: Ohio Valley University
Location: Vienna, West Virginia
Notes: Drill simulated a response to a digruntled student who might set off a chemical leak, a fire, explosion, bomb or or take a hostage.

Title: Emergency Drill At OVU Tests Local Agencies’ Response 
Date: May 19, 2010
Source: News & Sentinel 

AbstractEmergency crews from Wood County gathered Tuesday at Ohio Valley University to participate in a full-scale emergency exercise designed to critique and improve how agencies respond to emergencies.

Sponsored by the Wood County Local Emergency Planning Commission, the exercise involved agencies using normal radio channels to communicate and react to emergency scenarios acted out by volunteers at OVU's main campus.

Police and fire crews gathered at the south campus, which was designated as the staging area, until they were dispatched to the scene.

"We have volunteers who will be role-playing, and our agencies will respond to these emergency calls with real equipment," said Doug Hess, chairman of the emergency planning commission. "A lot of the agencies do their own kind of training, but this is an opportunity for all the agencies to work together in very realistic scenarios."

An outside consulting firm was hired by the planning commission with state grant funds to organize and evaluate the exercise.

Jeff Harvey, with JH Consulting in Buckhannon, said his company specializes in emergency preparedness training.

"The backstory in this whole exercise is centered around a disgruntled student who will spur a variety of emergency situations," said Harvey. "We have people designated as actors, observers and evaluators. The evaluators are experienced professionals who will be judging the preparedness of the emergency crews."

Crews will be evaluated on communications, sheltering, security, tactile and hazardous material response, said Harvey.

"This is an exciting undertaking," Hess said. "Tonight, our law enforcement and fire agencies will handle a variety of situations. There might be a chemical leak, a fire or an explosion. They could be dealing with a hostage situation or a bomb. For the most part, what happens tonight will be somewhat of a surprise to emergency crews," he said.

During the first emergency drill involving a possible explosive, an actor made an emergency call to the 911 center, prefacing the call with the phrase, "This is a drill," to inform dispatchers that there was not an actual emergency.

Agencies experienced glitches in communications, resulting in delays. Real emergency situations resulting from heavy rains in Wood County resulted in many of the ambulances participating in the drill to be dispatched to other areas.

"It's an interesting scenario," said Hess. "All of these agencies should react as if this was a real-life emergency."

The American Red Cross, hospitals, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, The ARC, Volunteer Action Center and Wood County Schools participated in the drill and provided volunteers. The SWAT team, sheriff's office, police and volunteer fire departments participated in the training exercise.

A second emergency exercise will take place from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Vienna Elementary School (News & Sentinel, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: 
May 19, 2010
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Watauga Emergency Medical Services and Boone Fire Department
School: Appalachian State University
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Notes: Drill simulated full-scale emergency exercise with explosions.

Title: Appalachian To Conduct Emergency Exercise May 19
Date: May 10, 2010
Source: ASU News 

Abstract
A full-scale emergency exercise will be conducted May 19 at Appalachian State University. The exercise will run from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the west side of campus in and around the stadium parking lot. One or more buildings on the main campus also might be included in the exercise.

Traffic along Stadium Drive may be limited at times during the exercise.

More than 100 participants, including local and state law enforcement personnel from six agencies, will participate. Other participants will include Watauga Emergency Medical Services and Boone Fire Department.

The university’s emergency Web site (www.emergency.appstate.edu) will include information about the exercise and a link to a mock up of the site that will include information from the exercise to aid in future training scenarios.

The drill is designed to test emergency response and communication capabilities during an emergency. Officials with EnviroSafe are directing the drill in consultation with officials from Appalachian and the University of North Carolina General Administration.

Area residents and motorists should not be alarmed by increased traffic from law enforcement and emergency response vehicles along Rivers Street and Stadium Drive during the day of the drill.

Law enforcement officers participating in the drill will not carry armed weapons. Participants and observers will be identified by specially colored vests and identification badges. Simulated explosions might be heard during the exercise.

This is the second full-scale emergency exercise conducted at Appalachian. The first, in 2009, simulated an active shooter/hostage situation.

The May 19 drill follows a directive from UNC system President Erskine Bowles that all UNC institutions conduct an emergency exercise this school year (ASU News, 2010).

School Terror Drills
Date: May 19, 2010
Name: "Golden Guardian"
Agencies: California Emergency Management Agency 
School: California State University San Marcos
Location: California 
Notes: 
A dirty bomb and shooters rocked the campus of California State University San Marcos.

Title: Terror In Redwood City: Emergency Drill Prepares For Terrorist attack
Date: May 19, 2010

Abstract: The explosion that broke yesterday morning’s quiet at the Port of Redwood City was little more than a quick bright flash and billowing plume of black smoke rising up beyond a row of trees.

What did not dissipate quickly, though, was the unexplained blow-up’s fallout — first responders staging areas to assess the injured, hundreds of military and public safety members trying to contain a fire and chemical release and bloodied and battered people strewn in the mud around the Cemex facility.

Those on the ground didn’t know yet what had happened — the 10 a.m. explosion was actually the second terrorist attack which, coupled together, blew up a ship and collapsed a building — but they knew they needed help.

The governor’s absence was barely noticeable in the sea of roughly 400 participants, including members of the national guard, Air Force, CalEMA and public safety organizations throughout the Peninsula. 

Camouflage-clad soldiers and military vehicles rumbled down Seaport Boulevard just outside the Pacific Shores Center. Elsewhere in the state, a terrorist attack on a container ship at the Port of Oakland caused a hazardous plus that resulted in an evacuation. At Pier 48 in San Francisco, divers used the Navy Marine Mammal Program which uses dolphins to recover an explosive device. A dirty bomb and shooters rocked the campus of California State University San Marcos and hostages were taken after a terrorist group took over a Catalina Express ferry boat moored at Long Beach Ferry Terminal.

Back in Redwood City, though, some of the affected had concerns other than their immediate safety — primping. As orange-vested organizers placed actors and explained nuances of their individual symptoms — lethargic means tired, one explained to a woman who wasn’t quite sure how to act — bandages were adjusted and bruises touched up. A smiling woman with blood stains running down her sweatshirt applied blood to the back of another while one nearby man looked less successful in surviving the collapse. He had an angry looking gash across his throat and ghostly white face (Daily Journal, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: May 26, 2011
Name: "Operation Badger One"
Agencies: UW Madison Police Department Emergency Management Unit 
School: UW Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Notes: Drill simulated a man with bombs and a gun and actors who posed as hostages and victims who were injured or killed.

Title: UW Madison, Several Agencies Hold Emergency Response Drill 
Date:  May 26, 2010
Source: NBC News 

AbstractUW Madison, along with several law enforcement, medical and other area agencies held a full scale emergency drill today.

The exercise, named "Operation Badger One", simulated an incident on campus that required a response from several emergency agencies.

The scenario involved a man with bombs and a gun. It included actors who posed as hostages and victims who were injured or killed.

The exercise was designed to improve the University's response to real emergency situations. UW officials say one of the goals was to test procedures that are in place and to do so in a realistic environment.

"I think just for any agency its good practice. The more you do things the better you get at it and you can find where there's deficiencies and make improvement in those things so not only for the university, but for any agency to do those type of things," says Sergeant Kerri Miller with UW Police.

The victims were transported to local hospitals, which also participated in the exercise. Organizers say the exercise was designed to test preparedness, teamwork and communication between the agencies.

The exercise was a year in the making--with the UW Madison Police Department Emergency Management Unit heading up the planning (NBC News, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: June 2, 2010
Name: Unknown
Agencies: Special Enforcement Team, California Highway Patrol, Montecito Fire District, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District
School: Westmont College 
Location: 
Santa Barbara, Califonia
Notes: Drill simulated violent incidents on campus. 

Title: Westmont To Host Emergency Drill
Date: June 1, 2010
Source: 
Santa Barbara Independent 

AbstractOn Wednesday, June 2, Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Special Enforcement Team will conduct an emergency response drill with Westmont College staff. The deputies will practice their rapid response skills for violent incidents and familiarize themselves with the campus.

Westmont, as stated in a press release, welcomes the opportunity to serve the community and to practice setting up for an emergency with its Situation Readiness and Response Team. The Montecito Covenant Church will stage the area for the drill; California Highway Patrol, along with the Montecito Fire District and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, will also participate. Temporary signs along Cold Spring Road will alert motorists of the training exercise and nearby neighbors may hear simulated gun fire (Santa Barbara Independen, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: August 11, 2010
Name:
"Silent Thunder"
Agencies:
FBI and Energy Department
School(s):
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Notes: Terror drill simulated an
attempt by extremists to seize radioactive cobalt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for use in a radiological "dirty bomb

Title: Authorities Drill At MIT For "Dirty Bomb" Material Theft
Date: August 20, 2010
Source: 
Nuclear Threat Initiative 

Abstract: Federal, state and local agencies yesterday responded to a simulated attempt by extremists to seize radioactive cobalt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for use in a radiological "dirty bomb," the Boston Globe reported (see 
GSN, Aug. 11).

The FBI and Energy Department coordinated the unpublicized exercise, which involved medical and fire personnel as well as state, city and campus police. The effort was part of the "Silent Thunder" series of drills, which focuses on responses by multiple levels of government to threats involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Government sources refused to discuss difficulties that might have emerged in the drill, which addressed possible means of preventing would-be thieves from obtaining dirty-bomb ingredients as well as potential government responses to an attack involving radiological material or a different type of unconventional weapon.

"Exercises of this type are valuable tools for enhancing coordination among the various organizations involved in response management," MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory head David Moncton said.

"The purpose of these exercises is to get all the key players together around a table to practice going through the kind of crisis management and emergency response scenarios that could come up in a real world emergency, to make sure we get the kinks worked out in advance," National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Damien LaVera said of the drill. "It helps communities think through all the contingencies they would need to be prepared for, in the event of a real attack."

The Energy Department has pursued initiatives aimed at stepping up safeguards at numerous facilities around Boston housing radioactive materials for medical or research use. Upgrades to protective measures were under way at MIT -- the university maintains multiple blood irradiation facilities and, for now, one of the few remaining U.S. atomic reactors running on weapon-grade uranium -- as well as five other sites in the region, officials said without specifying the other institutions involved.

"Boston has a concentration of major research universities," Deputy Energy Undersecretary Steven Aoki said. "We are trying to make sure in a very complicated area that everyone has some awareness of what the relationships and roles and responsibilities are" of various groups that would respond to an incident, he said.

The upgrades, underwritten by the Energy Department's Global Threat Reduction Initiative, include biometric identification systems, security cameras, motion sensors and mechanisms for informing government agencies of the theft of radioactive material. The Energy Department initiative is expected to receive $300 million in fiscal 2011 for security efforts inside the country.

As of last month, the United States had bolstered safeguards at only 131 of more than 2,100 sites holding potentially at-risk radioactive substances. Enhancements were expected at the remaining facilities by 2019.

"It is important to not focus solely on attacks from outside terrorists attempting to penetrate and steal material," Kenneth Sheely, an Energy Department associate assistant deputy administrator, told lawmakers in 2009. "The possibility and probability of a passive insider, (such as) one who simply arranges access to the facility for the adversary, or an active insider, one who participates in the theft, diversion, or sabotage of radiological material, is greater, given the open environment of a university campus or city hospital in which many radiological devices are used" (Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2010).

School Terror Drills 
Date: March 26, 2011
Name: "Operation Close Campus"
Agencies: DHS, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency 
School: Treynor High School 
Location: Treynor, Iowa
Notes: Drill simulated featured a mock scenario where an anti-immigration pro-gun student shouts racist abuse before shooting a minority pupil.

Title: 
U.S. Anti-Terrorism Drill Showing White Supremacists Shooting Immigrants Cancelled 
Date: March 26, 2011
Source: Daily Mail 

Abstract:
 An anti-terrorism drill featuring a white supremacist U.S. student on a racially-motivated gun spree has been cancelled - after a critic of the event threatened to carry it out for real.

The planned exercise at Treynor High School in western Iowa featured a mock scenario where an anti-immigration pro-gun student shouts racist abuse before shooting a minority pupil.

Emergency management officials in the state had organised the drill, which was going to involve 300 people, police and hospitals.

But the event has been shelved after bosses received an anonymous threat from a furious caller who warned: 'You better not come to work today because your school shooting is really going to happen.'

Organisers say the exercise - Operation Close Campus - was designed to ensure school officials, emergency responders and support were prepared in the event of a school shooting.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency had organised the event with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Plan by distributing plans last week for how the mock scenario would unfold.

In the back story created for the drill, an 18 year-old high school student whose family are known firearm enthusiasts, starts a fight with a group of minority students.

The pupil then shouts racial slurs at the minority students before producing a handgun and opening fire.

A 17 year-old friend of the 'active shooter' then joins him in 'firing upon anyone in their path and chasing down anyone who is against their ill-perceived stand', according to the drill instructions.

Kevin Elwood, superintendent of Treynor Community Schools, told FoxNews.com he started receiving complaints from across midwest America after the plan went out.
Mr Elwood said: 'I’m getting a few emails today saying, "Are you crazy? Are you really doing this in school?" 

'The scenario hadn’t been discussed at any previous meetings leading up to this event or any of the planning sessions we’ve had.

'It is unfortunate the kind of black cloud that is hanging over this because of the misunderstanding of the scenario that was painted.'

Mr Elwood added that 42 local agencies had been involved in the exercise, which was cancelled after he received over 30 emails of complaint once plans were circulated.

He claimed that a disclaimer on the plan said the scenario would 'reflect no actual conditions, attitudes or current threat assessments in or around Pottawattamie County, the City of Treynor, its citizens or the Treynor Community School District'.

Mr Elwood said firearms would have been used as a prop in the event, and that no ammunition would have been included.

Pottawattamie County officials said in a statement: 'During the last 24 hours, the Treynor school system has received threats to their employees and buildings due to the planned 'active shooter' exercise.

'After consultation with the Treynor School District and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, we have jointly decided to cancel the exercise due to these threats which we must consider viable.'

Two years ago, the Iowa National Guard canceled plans for an urban warfare exercise in Arcadia, Iowa, involving 100 combat troops asking residents about a suspected arms dealer and searching homes (Daily Mail, 2011).

School Terror Drills
Date: August 2, 2011
Name: Unknown
Agencies:
N/A
School: East Carolina University
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Notes: Full scale emergency drill responding to a person shooting on campus.

Title: Drill To Be Held At ECU
Date: August 2, 2011
Source: ABC News

Abstract: ECU will conduct a full scale emergency drill at the Heart Institute and the Brody School of Medicine beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Access around that area will be restricted during the drill.The exercise is designed to prepare staff and law enforcement to respond to a person shooting on campus. The drill might involve actors and simulated use of weapons (ABC News, 2011).

School Terror Drills 
Date: August 20, 2010
Name: "
Silent Thunder"
Agencies:
FBI and Energy Department
School:
MIT (
Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Notes: Drill
simulated attempt by extremists to seize radioactive cobalt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: Authorities Drill At MIT For "Dirty Bomb" Material Theft
Date: August 20, 2010
Source:
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Abstract: Federal, state and local agencies yesterday responded to a simulated attempt by extremists to seize radioactive cobalt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for use in a radiological "dirty bomb," the Boston Globe reported (see
GSN, Aug. 11).

The FBI and Energy Department coordinated the unpublicized exercise, which involved medical and fire personnel as well as state, city and campus police. The effort was part of the "Silent Thunder" series of drills, which focuses on responses by multiple levels of government to threats involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Government sources refused to discuss difficulties that might have emerged in the drill, which addressed possible means of preventing would-be thieves from obtaining dirty-bomb ingredients as well as potential government responses to an attack involving radiological material or a different type of unconventional weapon.

"Exercises of this type are valuable tools for enhancing coordination among the various organizations involved in response management," MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory head David Moncton said.

"The purpose of these exercises is to get all the key players together around a table to practice going through the kind of crisis management and emergency response scenarios that could come up in a real world emergency, to make sure we get the kinks worked out in advance," National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Damien LaVera said of the drill. "It helps communities think through all the contingencies they would need to be prepared for, in the event of a real attack."

The Energy Department has pursued initiatives aimed at stepping up safeguards at numerous facilities around Boston housing radioactive materials for medical or research use. Upgrades to protective measures were under way at MIT -- the university maintains multiple blood irradiation facilities and, for now, one of the few remaining U.S. atomic reactors running on weapon-grade uranium -- as well as five other sites in the region, officials said without specifying the other institutions involved.

"Boston has a concentration of major research universities," Deputy Energy Undersecretary Steven Aoki said. "We are trying to make sure in a very complicated area that everyone has some awareness of what the relationships and roles and responsibilities are" of various groups that would respond to an incident, he said.

The upgrades, underwritten by the Energy Department's Global Threat Reduction Initiative, include biometric identification systems, security cameras, motion sensors and mechanisms for informing government agencies of the theft of radioactive material. The Energy Department initiative is expected to receive $300 million in fiscal 2011 for security efforts inside the country.

As of last month, the United States had bolstered safeguards at only 131 of more than 2,100 sites holding potentially at-risk radioactive substances. Enhancements were expected at the remaining facilities by 2019.

"It is important to not focus solely on attacks from outside terrorists attempting to penetrate and steal material," Kenneth Sheely, an Energy Department associate assistant deputy administrator, told lawmakers in 2009. "The possibility and probability of a passive insider, (such as) one who simply arranges access to the facility for the adversary, or an active insider, one who participates in the theft, diversion, or sabotage of radiological material, is greater, given the open environment of a university campus or city hospital in which many radiological devices are used" (Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2010).

Title: Ohio Man Charged In School Terror Drill Threat
Date: April 15, 2011
Source: Fox News 

Abstract: An Ohio man has been charged with threatening terrorism by leaving an expletive-laden message on an Iowa high school's answering machine.

The message forced the cancellation of an emergency training drill that had been the subject of criticism from groups opposed to illegal immigration. Critics said the fictitious emergency scenario had a political agenda because it featured a teenage white supremacist gunman.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Friday that 47-year-old Robin Elston of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with one count of threatening terrorism and one of making threats.

Authorities say Elston is behind the March 25 phone message that threatened to turn the training scenario "into reality."

Officials traced the call to Elston's cell phone.

Danker says he doesn't know why Elston might have made the call (Fox News, 2011)

School Terror Drills 
Date: August 1, 2011
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Unknown 
School: East Carolina University  
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Notes: Drill simulated a person shooting on campus and invilved actors and simulated use of weapons.

Title: Drill To Be Held At ECU
Date: August 2, 2011
Source: ABC News 

Abstract: ECU will conduct a full scale emergency drill at the Heart Institute and the Brody School of Medicine beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Access around that area will be restricted during the drill. The exercise is designed to prepare staff and law enforcement to respond to a person shooting on campus. The drill might involve actors and simulated use of weapons (ABC News, 2011).

School Terror Drills 
Date: July 25-August 5, 2011
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Unknown 
School:
Agassiz Elementary School
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Notes: Drill simulated a
nighttime helicopter landing on the school’s roof

Title: Commandos Train In [Boston’s] Agassiz School: Land Chopper On Roof
Date: August 12, 2011
Source: 
Jamaica Plain Gazette 

Abstract: U.S. military commandos practiced raids in the shuttered Agassiz Elementary School last month, including a nighttime helicopter landing on the school’s roof, the Gazette has learned.

The elite special forces training was done without notice to nearby residents. No live ammo or explosives were involved and safety measures were taken, according to military spokesperson Kim Tiscione.

A vaguely worded July 25 press release from the Mayor’s Office announced citywide “military training exercises,” including helicopters, through Aug. 5. In fact, the exercises were top-secret training for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), whose commandos recently killed terrorist Osama bin Laden, Tiscione told the Gazette.

“I know a lot of it can look really different when it’s in your own back yard,” Tiscione said of the training, which included the two-minute helicopter landing around 9 p.m. on July 28. “Safety is absolutely something we are concerned about.”

“It was really scary,” said resident Sara Wermiel, whose house is just feet from the 12 Child St. school and was bombarded by a “sandstorm” kicked up by the chopper.

“It just seems nuts to me,” said Wermiel. “Don’t they have a site where they could do this where they wouldn’t be alarming people and creating a sandstorm?”

About 30 residents were drawn to the scene by the noise of the helicopter, Tiscione said, adding that Boston Police officers and other safety officers explained what was happening.

Wermiel said the explanation was far from clear, with officers saying that the event was “practice in case there were terrorists at the school.”

Among the astonished residents was Andrew Joslin, who told the Gazette he spotted the unmarked chopper create a “dust storm on the [basketball and tennis] courts full of people” at the South Street Mall before landing on the school’s roof.

Commandos also were inside the school, which Boston Public Schools closed this year.

“We have been training at the school,” Tiscione said, explaining that troops practiced raiding and search techniques. “They need to be able to clear and secure an unfamiliar environment,” she said.

Asked whether the helicopter or troops carried ammo, Tiscione said, “Nope, not at all.” The troops use weapons containing “Simunition,” a mock ammo that is essentially a military-grade paintball, she said.

The overall purpose of training in Boston was to practice urban military operations, Tiscione said. One reason for choosing Boston was that it is not commonly used like some other cities are, so it provides challenges for troops, she said. The citywide training wrapped up Aug. 5, and no further activity was planned for JP, she said.

“We’ve got to be prepared for wherever we go. This is the peak of our training,” she said, adding that the JP training was “absolutely” successful.

USSOCOM did not notify local residents about the training because of its secret nature, Tiscione said. Indeed, she would not even identify what branch of the military she was speaking for until pressed by the Gazette.

“We’re from Special Operations,” Tiscione acknowledged, referring to the umbrella organization of all four military branches’ special forces. “I’m kind of being vague on purpose. It’s more of a challenge for us when people know who we are.”

She said that USSOCOM does not want people recording the training, which is even more of a danger with the special forces’ popularity in the wake of the Bin Laden killing.

“They don’t want to give away any of their secrets,” said Mayor’s Office spokesperson Christopher Loh. He noted that secrecy helps ensure safety by reducing the number of people out watching an operation.

Asked whether the City was concerned about the risks of landing a helicopter without warning in a residential area, Loh said that city officials coordinated safety measures with the military. That included a Boston Police presence.

“I would caution you to make a judgment about safety,” Loh said. “Obviously, this is one of the world’s great fighting forces. They know what they’re doing.”

A Gazette review of international news articles found that, since 2010, there have been at least seven non-combat crashes of U.S. military helicopters. A total of seven troops died in those accidents, at least three of which involved training flights. That includes a training crash just this week in Georgia that killed two special forces aviators.

And in the famous May 1 killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan, one of two helicopters carrying the USSOCOM commandos made a minor crash-landing while entire the raid site, forcing them to abandon the chopper.

A military helicopter was shot down last week in Afghanistan, killing 22 Navy SEAL commandos.

Wermiel said she is concerned about the risk of landing of a chopper on the Agassiz School.

“That’s what they were practicing, I guess—landing in a confined space,” she said. “I don’t see why they had to do it here.”

“I just hope it doesn’t happen again,” Wermiel said, adding that there is no way to know due to the secrecy (Jamaica Plain Gazette, 2011).

School Terror Drills
Date: September 1, 2011
Name:
Unknown
Agencies:
National Guard
School:
Seattle Central Community College
Location:
Seattle, Washington
Notes: Drill simulated a "dirty bomb" exercise - complete with a fake-looking blown-off plastic arm. 

Title: 'Dirty Bomb' Drill Puts Seattle Central, National Guard To The Test
Date:
September 2, 2011
Source:
Capitol Hill Seattle

Abstract: For Robert Huss, head of security for Seattle Central, Thursday's "dirty bomb" exercise -- complete with a fake-looking blown-off plastic arm -- atop the school's science and math building was an opportunity to test out the safety procedures for the campus he is responsible for.

For the specialists of the Washington National Guard Civilian Support Team 10, a day of drills hunting for small radioactive capsules provided the opportunity to put their skills to the test in a busy city environment in the heart of Capitol Hill.

While it was annoying for the big media flyovers it encouraged, the drills involving the school, the Guard, State Patrol and SPD have been relatively regular occurrences on Seattle's community college campuses including SCCC, Huss said.

Previous SCCC drills have been held at night. The timing of Thursday's exercise, Huss told CHS, had nothing to do with the approaching ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

And Huss said to expect more drills of a similar nature in the future. Fake blown-off plastic arms included, we presume (Capitol Hill Seattle, 2011).

School Terror Drills 
Date: September, 2011
Name: Unknown 
Agencies: Brick Township Police Department
School(s): Brick Township Public Schools
Location: Brick, New Jersey
Notes: Monthly terror drill simulates active shooter, evacuation (non- fire), bomb threat, lockdown and secondary drills that include shelter-in-place, reverse evacuation, evacuation to relocation site, testing of school’s notification system and procedures, testing of school’s communication system and procedures, tabletop exercise and full scale exercise.

Title: 
Monthly Terror Drills Now Required By Law For Students Including Kindergarten And 1st Graders
Date: 
September 13, 2011
Source:
 Alexander Higgins 

AbstractKindergarten and 1st grade students are now required by law to participate in monthly terrorism drills, including active shooter, bomb threat and evacuation drills.

I recently received my 1st grade students back to school paperwork. Going through the packet I found a letter serving notification that my son is now required by law to participate in monthly anti-terrorism drills.

In fact, after doing more research, I learned that all NJ schools which provide services to children from Kindergarten and up are now required by law to participate in monthly drills.

Schools must hold at least twice a year, in addition to the twice a month fire drills the following:

  1. Active shooter
  2. Evacuation (non- fire)
  3. Bomb threat
  4. and Lockdown

On top of those drills, schools will be required to also hold other security drills, which include the following:

  1. Shelter-in-place
  2. Reverse evacuation
  3. Evacuation to relocation site
  4. Testing of school’s notification system and procedures
  5. Testing of school’s communication system and procedures
  6. Tabletop exercise
  7. and Full scale exercise

With a Full Scale Exercise defined by Law as:

"Full Scale Exercise: This is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional activity involving actual deployment of resources in a coordinated response as if a real incident had occurred. This exercise tests many components of one or more capabilities within emergency response and recovery, and is typically used to assess plans, procedures and coordinated response under crisis conditions."

The letter, which can be viewed here, reads as follows.

Brick Township Public Schools

101 Hendrickson Avenue
Brick, New Jersey 08724-2599
Telephone (732) 785-3000

Office of the Superintendent

September, 2011

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. To provide schools with the opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, it is necessary to conduct security drills as well as fire drills. The NJ Department of Educations has recently changed the guidelines concerning the frequency of these emergency drills. Each month a school must conduct one fire drill and one security drill which may be a lockdown, bomb threat, evacuation, active shooter, or shelter-in place drill. All schools are now required by law to implement this procedure.

The school district is working closely with the Brick Township Police Department through our school resource officers to correctly implement these procedures. Our staff members have all be trained in our emergency drill procedures and are well prepared should we have to deal with a real emergency. The goals of the training drill are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. They also allow us to evaluate our emergency operations plan and improve our response skills.

In order to protect students, in case of an actual emergency students will only be released to the parents and/or other adults listed on the emergency information sheet. Please be sure that this information is current and accurate. It is a good idea to have several trusted adults listed with the school.

This letter serves as notification that the Brick Township Public Schools will be conducting these drills in accordance with the NJ Department of Education Guidelines. The dates and times of the drills will not be announced. you would only be notified if there were a real emergency.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call your child’s school office.

Sincerely,
Walter J Hrycenko

Superintendent of Schools (Alexander Higgins, 2011)

School Terror Drills 
Date: Septemebr 23, 2011
Name: "Operation Mountain Guardian" 
Agencies: DHS, FBI, 100+ total 
School(s): Smedley Elementary School, Community College of Aurora (Lowry Campus)
Location: Denver, Colorado 
Notes: Drill subjected children as young as first grade to a traumatic and frighteningly realistic school shooter scenario involving simulated gunshots, explosions and loud alarms
.

Title:
 Terror Drill Terrorizes Children
Date: September 26, 2011
Source: 
Infowars 

Abstract: A drill involving a SWAT team at a Denver area elementary school subjected children as young as first grade to a traumatic and frighteningly realistic school shooter scenario involving simulated gunshots, explosions and loud alarms. 

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Part of the Homeland Security-led Operation Mountain Guardian, it was only one part of a drill that took place at more than 10 locations, including Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, where local, state and federal agencies practiced relocating children and other potential victims, a contingency planned for real events, including terrorism or other emergencies.

While the SuperDome in New Orleans became a symbol of the nightmare of federal emergency control– blocking organic local relief efforts while ‘mismanaging’ its own actions– it is seen as a place of refuge for authorities in Denver under a scenario is planned with more than 100 agencies over more than 18 months. 

The plan to use sports stadiums is in keeping with H.R. 645, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act and other related martial law plans. Infowars.com reporters traveled there Friday to cover the drill.

A long list of agencies in the Denver area taking direction from Homeland Security conducted a terrorism drill known as Operation Mountain Guardian, envisioning among other scenarios, a “Mumbai Style” incident at an area shopping mall. 

Police, fire fighters, SWAT teams and many other response teams practiced their lock down at the scene, evacuating victims while sending in anti-bomb squads, positioning shooters at strategic high-rise positions and otherwise clamping down the area.

Martial Law Drill Takes Over Denver Mall With Mumbai Scenario

A long list of agencies in the Denver area taking direction from Homeland Security conducted a terrorism drill known as Operation Mountain Guardian, envisioning among other scenarios, a “Mumbai Style” incident at an area shopping mall. Police, fire fighters, SWAT teams and many other response teams practiced their lock down at the scene, evacuating victims while sending in anti-bomb squads, positioning shooters at strategic high-rise positions and otherwise clamping down the area (Infowars, 2011). $

School Terror Drills 
Date: November 19, 2011
Name: Unknown
Agencies: 
Evansville-Vanderburgh County CERT program
School(s): 
University of Southern Indiana
Location: 
 Evansville, Indiana 
Notes: Drill subjected students to the effects of a "severe weather event". 

Title: Mock Disaster Drill Prepares Response Team
Date: November 19, 2011
Source:
Courier Press

Abstract: More than a dozen injured men, women and children lay scattered on the ground or stumbling in a daze around a remote corner of the University of Southern Indiana, victims of a severe weather event.

That was the scenario that greeted the team of emergency responders as they crested the top of the hill beyond the university's baseball diamond Saturday morning.

Although it was a mock disaster drill and the emergency responders were students they were a real team — a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) receiving the same kind of training other such volunteers from throughout Vanderburgh County have received.

The students were participating in the training as part of their course work in a physical education community health class. When their training is complete, the students will be fully equipped and prepared to respond to real disasters, said John Murphy, program manager for the Evansville-Vanderburgh County CERT program.

"This is a campus CERT. The university is a small city on its own," he said.

He said the training will prepare the students to react, most likely before other assistance arrives from the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies.

The goal, he said, is to locate and assess victims and situations so they can be reported to emergency responders when they arrive, and then assist as needed.

"They are first responders in their neighborhood. We train them to take care of themselves and their family first and then go out and help," Murphy said.

USI theater students applied realistic makeup to 16 volunteers. The pretend wounds and actions of the volunteers were to mimic a host of injuries predetermined injuries.

Wearing green hard hats, gloves and backpacks full of supplies, the students set up a medical center while some spread out to triage the injured, determining the severity of the wounds and applying first aid to those in immediate need. Others formed a search team to locate victims.

After the first round of training, county CERT volunteers helping with the training critiqued their performance.

"Overall, they did a great job," Murphy said.

Among the scenarios were locating a dummy that had been placed underneath wood and concrete ruble, and rescuing it; and assisting an injured person outside simulated house on fire.

Class instructor Renee Frimming noted that the training was something students could continue to apply after graduation as they went on to jobs and lives in other communities.

Student Cesilie Huebner said the training also helped her think about she might prepare her own home and family for disasters (Courier Press, 2011).

Title: Kids All Over America Are Being Put On Buses And Sent To Alternate Locations During Terror Drills
Date:
March 29, 2012
Source:
Family Security Matters

Abstract:
All over the United States, school children are being taken out of their classrooms, put on buses and sent to "alternate locations" during terror drills.  These exercises are often called "evacuation drills" or "relocation drills" and they are more than a little disturbing.  Sometimes parents are notified in advance where the kids are being taken and sometimes they are only told that the children are being taken to an "undisclosed location". 

In the years since 9/11 and the Columbine school shootings, there has been a concerted effort to make school emergency drills much more "realistic" and much more intense.    Unfortunately, the fact that many of these drills are deeply traumatizing many children does not seem to bother too many people.  Do we really need to have "active shooter" drills where men point guns at our kids and fire blanks at them?  Do we really need to have "relocation drills" where kids are rapidly herded on to buses and told that they must surrender their cell phones because they will not be allowed to call anyone?  Our schools more closely resemble prison camps every single day, and it is our children that are suffering because of it.

It is also important to keep in mind that much of the time these drills are not the fault of local school administrators.  Often, these drills are being mandated at the state level.  Our politicians have become obsessed with "school safety" in recent years, and apparently their idea of "school safety" involves deeply traumatizing our kids.

Earlier today I was doing some research and I came across a forum where a parent was describing a relocation drill that would soon be happening at a school in Oklahoma.  Well, I went to public schools all my life and nothing like this ever happened when I was growing up, so I wanted to do a little digging to see if this was actually happening around the country or if it was just an Internet rumor.

Unfortunately, what I found out was quite disturbing.

It turns out that "relocation drills" are being conducted at schools from coast to coast.

For example, the following is an excerpt from a letter to parents about a relocation drill that took place in Woodhaven, Michigan....

Our school district continues to focus on the safety of staff, students, and our community. We have a detailed emergency plan so we can respond effectively to major catastrophes. We work closely with the fire and police departments from the City of Woodhaven and Brownstown Township to implement this plan. As part of these efforts, we are conducting a practice emergency drill on May 19th. It will begin at about 9:20 a.m. and conclude by 11:30 a.m. This practice drill will simulate a boiler explosion at Patrick Henry Middle School. We will evacuate all staff and students from PHMS, Erving Elementary School, and the Administration Building.

The Woodhaven and Brownstown Township Police and Fire Departments, DTE Energy, and staff from Wayne County RESA will help secure the buildings and monitor this practice drill. Erving Elementary staff and students will be evacuated by bus to Bates Elementary School, and PHMS students and staff will be evacuated by bus to Woodhaven High School.

But just putting kids on buses and taking them to other schools was not enough.  During the drill, some students and school staff were instructed to pretend to be injured.  In addition, parents were instructed not to call the school during the drill and children were instructed not to call their parents....

As part of the drill, we will pretend that some students and staff are injured. Pretend victims will be assessed and transported to nearby triage centers. Please be aware that Hall Road and Van Horn Road may be closed to traffic for all or part of this drill. There will be a number of emergency vehicles at PHMS and Erving Elementary School during the drill. Your cooperation is necessary for this practice drill to be successful. During drills and emergencies like the one we are planning:

• Please do not telephone the school. Telephone lines are needed for drill emergency communications.
• Impress upon your children the need to follow directions and take drills seriously.
• During an evacuation drill or a real emergency, students will be kept at their school or will be evacuated to another site. They will be released only to adults listed on their emergency contact form. Any adult picking up a student (reunification) will be required to show picture identification.
• Students and parents should not communicate by cell phones during the drill or emergency situation. Students need to be attentive to the instructions from school and safety personnel.

But at least in that drill parents knew where their children would be taken.

That was not the case during a recent relocation drill in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho....

Students at Lakeside School District walked out of their schools this morning to prepare for the worst case scenario. They were transferred by bus to an off-site location in less than a hour. But it was only a drill.

Their Bus Evacuation Drill started at 9 a.m. and students were transferred to their undisclosed emergency location and returned back to school.

“As you might expect, student safety is our first priority and security is tight even during a practice,” Karyn Stockdale, district clerk, said.

It was later revealed they were bussed to Benewah Wellness Center as their acting evacuation shelter.

It was "later revealed" where the "undisclosed emergency location" was. I am sure a whole bunch of parents were thrilled when they heard about that. What purpose is served by herding kids on to a bus and taking them to an undisclosed location?

School officials just seem to take these little "exercises" way too seriously.

For example, check out the tone in the following excerpt from a school newsletter from one school in Pennsylvania....

"As mentioned in a separate letter in our CB Electronic Envelope last Wednesday, our school will be involved in an Off-Site Relocation Drill. This practice opportunity will sharpen our skills and provide us with the chance to review important safety procedures in the event of an emergency. This Relocation Drill is scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2011. Here are some very important reminders for all parents and families:

SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY!!!!!!

In every classroom, teachers will prepare students for this activity. To ensure that every child and adult arrives safely to the relocation site, no child will be released for any reason during this practice activity or real emergency. All parents are asked to review the detailed letter explaining the official steps for such drills and practice activities."

No child will be released for any reason? What if there is a family emergency? What if a child becomes very ill? Our schools are becoming way too militarized.  It really is quite frightening to see what is happening to us. It takes a lot of effort to pack up all of the students and all of the staff at a school and ship them off to an alternate location.

The following is another example from one school in Iowa....

The second drill is planned for Thursday at 9:15 a.m. During the second drill officials will simulate a relocation of the entire EE-12 student body and staff by school buses.

For some schools, this kind of a drill has now become a regularly scheduled yearly activity.

The following is from a school handbook in Vermont....

Lockdown drills are practiced several times a year. In a Lockdown students remain quiet and undetectable behind a locked door. Students prepare for these drills and are supported by their teachers. Saint Albans City School practices, at least once a year, an emergency evacuation/relocation drill where we leave the school building and go to alternate sites.

Keep in mind that it says "at least once a year".  That means that it could happen even more frequently if they want it to.

Some schools even have plans for students to be "housed temporarily" at alternative locations.  The following is from a school website in California....

Evacuation Plan: Requires that all building occupants leave and go to an alternate location. Evacuation may mean only going outside and away from the building until an all-clear signal is given. In some circumstances, students and staff may need to be transported and housed temporarily in another location until the Go-Home Plan can be put into operation.

In some instances, parents are encouraged not to pick their children up at all in the event of a major emergency.  The following is from an article in the Washington Post....

School administrators in the Washington area yesterday stepped up preparations for possible terrorism, and most school districts told parents that they would be prevented, or strongly discouraged, from picking up their children in the event of a biological or chemical attack.

So what measures would be taken to keep parents from getting to their children? That is a frightening thing to think about. But these "relocation drills" are not the only kind of drills that parents need to be aware of.

In many areas of the country, schools are holding "active shooter" drills where men in full military gear are pointing guns at children and firing blank rounds.

The following is one recent example that happened in Brecksville, Ohio....

The emergency drill at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High involved hundreds of students, including members of the Drama Club who portrayed wounded and panicked students.

Junior Ashley Elek said Chardon High School was on their minds as they went through the very realistic looking drill, in which many students were "killed" and "wounded."

In many areas of the country, there is not always advance notice of these "active shooter" drills.  Sometimes students are told that there will be an "active shooter" drill and sometimes they are not. 

Sometimes teachers do not even know that an "active shooter" drill is coming.  When that happens, the results can be incredibly traumatic.

Just check out the following example from New Jersey....

About 50 teachers at a New Jersey school experienced a terrifying moment when a shooting rampage turned out to be a drill, but the teachers didn’t know it.

It happened Aug. 28 at the Phillipsburg New Jersey Early Learning Center.

A man burst into the library and started shooting. But the gun didn’t have any bullets, just blanks.

Teachers took cover under child-sized tables, crying and trembling.

“People are crying. The girl next to me is trembling and shaking. You heard people crying. You heard other people praying. It was pretty dramatic,” one teacher said.

Can you imagine?

Why would we ever want to put our children through that?

I think that some of these twisted sickos actually enjoy the thought of making little kids pee their pants. In some cases, children are told during these "exercises" that a particular group of Americans is attacking the school. For example, during a terror drill at a public school in Muskegon County, Michigan, students and teachers were told that "homeschoolers" were the ones attacking them....

"The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and is detonated while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on its side and fill with smoke."

In another case in New Jersey, students were told that the gunmen were from a group of "fundamentalist Christians" called "The New Crusaders"....

"Investigators described them as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the 'New Crusaders' who don't believe in separation of church and state. The mock gunmen went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class."

What possible purpose do drills like those have? Sadly, those running things keep wanting to make these kinds of drills as frequent as possible.

In New Jersey, new guidelines require that a "security drill" be held at public schools at least once a month.

As you can see from this document, an "evacuation to relocation site" drill is one of the kinds of drills that can be chosen to satisfy this requirement in New Jersey....

The following are examples of other security drills that schools can hold:

• Shelter-in-place; Reverse evacuation; Evacuation to relocation site; Testing of school’s notification system and procedures; Testing of school’s communication system and procedures; Tabletop exercise; and Full scale exercise.

When I was growing up, there was just one kind of emergency exercise.  When the fire alarm sounded, we all trudged out to the football field.  We stood around and talked for a few minutes and then we went back inside.

But the environment in U.S. public schools today is totally different.  Our children are being forced to endure endless "relocation drills", "lockdown drills" and "active shooter drills". These drills are just another reason why many parents have decided that it is time to pull their kids out of the government schools entirely.

Our public schools more closely resemble prison camps than they do institutions of learning.  Millions of our kids are leaving high school dumb as a rock, but they do know what to do when the alarm goes off (Family Security Matter, 2012).

Title: Terrorism Drill At Parkland High Tests School And Police
Date:
August 8, 2012
Source:
Morning Call

Abstract:
Staging a mock catastrophe never seems quite right.

During Wednesday's drill at Parkland High School, actors feigning injury limped through the parking lot screaming for help. Inside, a pool of fake blood collected on the speckled hallway a few feet from a mock victim. Emergency workers hauled people off on stretchers as helicopters buzzed overhead.

Magnifying the uneasiness was the recent Colorado shooting, when a masked man opened fire on a theater showing the new Batman movie"The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and injuring 58. The harrowing news out of Colorado, however, underscores the importance of being prepared in the event tragedy strikes closer to home, officials said.

"The fact is we are dealing with these situations in real life, right now," said Bob Werts, program manager of the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force. "In the last few weeks, we've had a number of actual shootings, and there is a great interest in seeing what can be done by responders to lessen the number of people injured or killed."

During the large-scale, crisis-response drill, hundreds of emergency workers rushed to Parkland High School, where ambulances and police cruisers swarmed the parking lot. Medics lined the curb, dressing victims' bloodied gunshot wounds. Armed men in camouflage spilled out of an armored vehicle, charging into the building.

In the simulation, Werts said police responded to a mock scenario involving three shooters, at least one fatality and more than a dozen injuries. It began shortly after 9 a.m. when the police scanner announced gunshots coming from the school's back entrance.

In the mock drill, law enforcement officers quickly converged on the campus with guns drawn, shooting and killing the three masked gunmen.

School officials, some acting as injured students, then came out of the courtyard and were escorted by officers to safety.

"It seemed very real, very scary," said Kristen Lewis, an employee from Southern Lehigh School District who was inside observing the drill. "You could hear shots, you could hear screaming, and we saw police come in and take down the shooter. I was surprised by how realistic it felt."

Nicole McGalla, spokeswoman for the Parkland School District, expected the drill to be emotional, but also necessary and helpful.

"We are not doing this to scare anyone," she said. "We have a detailed crisis plan, and the whole idea is to practice it, so we can follow the steps and later learn what we should and should not do. At any time a crisis can happen, and the Colorado incident just proves that."

While police practice mock-scenario drills regularly to keep calm in crisis situations, she said schools typically limit their practice to fire drills and lock-down exercises, which can take less than 30 minutes to complete.

The idea for the large-scale emergency drill came from Parkland educators who questioned just how response plans would unfold in the event of a major disaster involving multiple agencies.

"We know that in a true emergency, word would get out immediately, and parents' first reaction may be to get to school, but how would we control traffic? How would we control people trying it get through the perimeter or students trying to leave? We needed a large scale drill to see what the response would be like," she said.

Werts said such exercise drills do more than hone response skills; they build relationships among agencies that would be drawn together during such a massacre.

"When an actual incident occurs, it's too late to exchange business cards," he said. "You should know what ambulance companies will be responding, what police agencies will be working together and who the emergency manage director is."

Hammering out procedures for responding to Wednesday's drill took more than a year of preparation and cooperation from more than a dozen area agencies, he said.

Surveying the frenzied scene of police, school and medical workers darting in and out of the school, Werts said the planning paid off.

"While it looks like chaos, everyone knows what their job is," he said. "You have to do things like this so first-responders are trained and know what to do when an event like this occurs."

Werts said he's helped organize similar drills at schools throughout the region, but not on such a large scale. More than 300 participants took part in the drill, which costs $16,000 and was paid for by a federal grant through the Department of Homeland Security.

Though the school's parking lot cleared by Wednesday afternoon, Werts said the training exercise is far from over. During the next few weeks, agencies will be reviewing and scrutinizing their response to the drill, seeking new ways to improve on procedures.

Agencies that took part in the drill included Lehigh County 911 dispatchers, Upper Macungie, North Whitehall, South Whitehall police and fire departments; Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force; state police from the Fogelsville and Bethlehem barracks; Lehigh County Office of Emergency Services; Lehigh County Special Operations Division; Berks-Lehigh Regional police, Whitehall and Allentown police; Cetronia Ambulance Corps and medevac units for Lehigh Valley and St. Luke's hospitals (Morning Call, 2012).

Title: Texas Students Terrified By On-Campus Shooter Training Drill
Date:
November 13, 2012
Source:
KENS 5 News

Abstract:
Because shooting rampages are a terrifying fact of modern life, North Lake College in Irving says it is fighting back by offering an active shooter training course.

"We've had instances like Virginia Tech. We don't want to be in that situation," said North Lake College Police Chief J.C. Drake, who organized the training.  "We don't want to be unprepared for something like that.”

However, during a recent active shooter training session, the college's police department did catch students and teachers unprepared.

What happened?

Last month, faculty and students heard the sounds of a lone gunman shooting people inside North Lake College.

It turned out to be a drill, but most people on campus did not know that, because they had not been told it was just an exercise.

WFAA obtained surveillance video and 911 calls showing how real the terror really was.

CALLER: "We need help at North Lake College at the T Building. Please! They're shooting!"

DISPATCHER: "Okay. North Lake College?"

CALLER: "Yes, hurry!"

DISPATCHER: "Ma'am?"

CALLER: "Somebody's shooting!"

During the exercise, the gunman shoots blanks in the hallway and forces a woman to the ground. She's a fellow officer, playing the role of "victim."

The mock shooter can also be seen banging on the wall. Callers don't seem to know what's going on until they reach 911.

CALLER: "T Building, North Lake. Some guy's upstairs, it sounds like he's either hitting or shooting or something."

DISPATCHER: "No, they're doing an active class."

CALLER: "Oh, my God! You've got to be kidding me! They need to stop!"

How real was this training exercise?

"I was thinking about grabbing my chair and smashing out the window behind me to jump out the window,” said one student who did not wish to use her name.

Chief Drake said teachers were notified by e-mail, and they were supposed to tell students.

Somehow, that system broke down.

"While it's regrettable to the degree that it produced anxiety, there was a decent outcome, in that the instructors that heard this... the students that heard this... did what they should have done,” Drake said.

"It's just an invitation to die,” said a former Israeli agent and security expert, who goes by "Avi." He disagrees with the way North Lake trains its staff. He says keeping a campus safe means identifying suspicious patterns and behavior before it boils over.

"If you can get to the guy before he walks on campus with a gun, you can save a lot of lives," Avi  said. "To teach staff and faculty how to jump on a shooter? No, they will all be dead."

Drake said his training class is mandated by the federal government for all emergency first responders.

But faculty and students are not first responders.

“There were people crying, talking about how their kids are too young.... can't lose their mom at this age,” said the student who did not want to be identified.

The training courses continue on at North Lake, but now with the added question about the judgment of those charged with keeping them safe.

North Lake has since changed its protocol, with stronger warnings to faculty and staff — including announcements over the intercom (KENS 5 News, 2012).

Title: Newtown, Conn. School District Had Recently Installed New Safety Protocols
Date: December 14, 2012
Source:
CBS New York

Abstract: In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left more than two dozen people dead, including 20 children, CBS 2 has learned the school district had just installed a new safety policy designed to prevent situations such as what happened on Friday.

At approximately 9:41 a.m. a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Earlier reports indicated one child and the gunman were killed, but later the horror of what actually took place started to come to the surface, that in fact scores of children were among the dead, as was the gunman’s mother, Nancy Lanza, whose body was found in her home in Newtown.

CBS News has confirmed that sources have identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sources told CBS 2.

The gunman was initially identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, Adam’s older brother. Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., was questioned by police on Friday evening, but officials said he was not believed to have had any involvement in the rampage.

A second person found near the school was taken into custody, but the specifics of how he was possibly connected to the tragedy were not immediately known.

The district took proactive measures to ensure the safety of students and faculty when it unveiled new safety protocols earlier in the school year, but it is unknown if school officials followed the new guidelines prior to the shooting.

Students were seen being escorted to a nearby firehouse in what was described as a very calm and controlled evacuation, a protocol that had been in place for some time, officials said. Hundreds of students and faculty members were reportedly met by dozens of emergency vehicles. Relieved parents then met their children at the firehouse and took them home, by car and even by foot.

CBS 2 has obtained the letter sent home to parents by Principal Dawn Hochsprung, describing the new safety protocols. Tragically, Hochsprung was one of the victims in Friday’s attack.

Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family,

Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification.

Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m. Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office. Before that time our regular drop-off procedures will be in place. I encourage all parents to have their children come to school and return home on the bus and to remain in school for the entire school day. The beginning and ending of our school day are also important instructional times and therefore we want all our students to reap the benefits of full participation in our program.

We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks. Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically. There are times during the day when office personnel are on the telephone, addressing student concerns, or in the copy room; there are other times when only one person is in the front office. Please help our staff by identifying yourself and provide your child’s name.

Keep in mind we will be following our district guidelines which may need revision once we test the system.

Please know your involvement continues to be critical to our school’s effectiveness and your child’s success. We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hochsprung

It is unclear how the shooter, reportedly armed with a Glock 9mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm, with a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle waiting in a nearby car, gained access to the school or if he showed identification, or if he had entered prior to the 9:30 a.m. doors-locked mandate. It is also unclear how the shooter gained access to the school halls and classrooms.

Sandy Hook Elementary is one of four elementary schools in Newtown, a town approximately 15 miles east of Danbury, 60 miles northeast of New York City (CBS New York, 2012).

Title: California School Practiced New Lockdown Drill Minutes Before Shooting
Date: January 11, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Minutes before a gunman walked into a California high school, students and teachers had been practicing what to do if the school came under an attack.

"Just 10 minutes before it happened, our teachers were giving us protocol because of what happened in Connecticut," Oscar Nuno, a student at Taft High School said.

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into his first period science class Thursday and opened fire, wounding a classmate he claimed had bulled him. Video surveillance shows the suspect entering the building through a side door.

He fired two more rounds at students, reportedly missing a second target, as they fled the class, and then faced a well-liked teacher Ryan Heber, MyFoxLA.com reported.

"I don't want to shoot you," he told Heber as the teacher tried to convince the student to put down the gun.

Police credit Heber with causing enough of a distraction to allow a majority of the students to escape the classroom through a back door unharmed.

The student hit by the gunshot is in critical but stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery Friday. Three others are injured, including a student who may have suffered hearing damage after being too close to the shotgun blast, MyFoxLA.com reported.

An announcement over the speaker system said the school was under lockdown "and it was not a drill."

School officials say there is usually an armed guard on campus, but the person was absent because he was snowed in.

The suspect surrendered his shotgun to Heber and campus supervisor Kim Lee Fields. His pockets were stuffed with more ammunition, Youngblood said.

"This teacher and this counselor stood there face-to-face not knowing if he was going to shoot them," Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. "They probably expected the worst and hoped for the best, but they gave the students a chance to escape."

"The heroics of these two people goes without saying. ... They could have just as easily ... tried to get out of the classroom and left students, and they didn't," Youngblood said. "They knew not to let him leave the classroom with that shotgun."

Heber's forehead was grazed by a stray pellet, but Youngblood said the teacher who had graduated from the Taft school two decades ago was unaware he had been hit and didn't need medical attention.

"He's the nicest teacher I know," Nuno said. "He loves his students and he always wants to help."

Administrators closed the school Friday as residents of this remote town of 9,400 that sits amid tumbleweeds and oil fields about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles tried to make sense of what happened.

"We know each other here," said former Mayor Dave Noerr. "We drive pickups and work hard and hunt and fish. This is a grassroots town. This is the last place you'd think something like this would happen."

The suspect's name is on the lips of everyone in town, but authorities aren't releasing it because he's a juvenile. He had felt bullied by the victim, who played for the Taft Wildcats football team last year, for more than a year, said Youngblood, who added that the claim was still being investigated.

Trish Montes described her neighbor as "a short guy" and "small" who was teased about his stature by many.

Montes said her son had worked at the school and tutored the boy last year.

"All I ever heard about him was good things from my son," Montes said. "He wasn't Mr. Popularity, but he was a smart kid. It's a shame. My kid said he was like a genius."

On Wednesday night the teen went home and plotted revenge against two students, Youngblood said. He found a gun that authorities believe belonged to the suspect's older brother and went to bed that night plotting revenge against two students.

"He planned the event," Youngblood said. "Certainly he believed that the two people he targeted had bullied him, in his mind. Whether that occurred or not, we don't know yet."

The teacher's father, David Heber, told the Bakersfield Californian that he had heard rumors of a school shooting but wasn't initially worried that his son's classroom would have been involved.

"His students like him a whole bunch," said Heber, 70. "He's not the kind of teacher a student would try to hurt. He's definitely someone who could talk a kid down in an emergency."

Youngblood said that the suspect would be charged with attempted murder. The district attorney will decide whether he's charged as an adult, Youngblood said.

Wilhelmina Reum, whose daughter, Alexis Singleton, is a fourth-grader at a nearby elementary school, got word of the attack while she was about 35 miles away in Bakersfield and immediately sped back to Taft.

"I just kept thinking this can't be happening in my little town," she told The Associated Press.

The attack there came less than a month after a gunman massacred 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then killed himself.

That shooting prompted President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who was placed in charge of the initiative, said he would deliver new policy proposals to the president by next week (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Sandy Hook Shooting: Active-Shooter Drill Confirmed By Law Enforcement Raises Suspicion Of False Flag Operation
Date: January 13, 2013
Source:
Infowars

Abstract: nce again a government funded mock emergency drill was being conducted at a nearby local school at the very same time the supposed realtime shooting was taking place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut – leaving all the fingerprints of a government staged false flag event to strip guns from the American people.

Many people involved in responding to the Newtown school shooting have been shown to be participants in active shooter drills either in the past or on the very day of the shooting. To top it all off, there are still many inconsistencies in the official story.

One of the noticeable problems with the official story is that alleged shooting suspect Adam Lanza’s car was identified as a black Honda Civic, Connecticut plate number 872 YEO which is registered to a one Christopher A Rodia (born August 1969), totally discrediting the official story.

How would such information get covered up?

Let’s take a look at John Blawie, a Connecticut State Superior Court Judge who has been putting a halt on search warrant affidavits.

An excerpt from the local CT Post reads;

DANBURY — A state Superior Court judge said Thursday that search warrant affidavits for the cars and home of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza and his mother would stay sealed for another 90 days.

Judge John Blawie granted motions filed Wednesday by Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky to extend the statutory sealing period for the five warrants, including three for the Yogonanda Street home where the 20-year-old Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy, four times in the face on the morning of Dec. 14, before embarking on the rampage that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

Why would evidence be withheld from an event that has been publicized in the mainstream media as the worst school shooting ever? What is wrong with this picture?

Police Intrigue
Adding t the intrigue, Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police (the man responsible for avoiding important questions to the press regarding the Sandy Hook shooting) has gotten a recent promotion (which he admitted himself on camera) for what he said he heard was going to be a  “sold out show”.

Vance has also trained on several occasions for mock school active-shooter drills. Vance is a seasoned spokesman and is well trained at talking with the press and members of the media.

Vance was quoted at the Sandy Hook press conference saying, “We’ve been asked by the family members to ask the members of the press to respect their privacy and to please leave them alone at this time,” he told the media scrum. “I’m pleading with you, as you know this is an extremely heartbreaking, difficult thing for these folks to endure. Please abide by their request.”

Active Shooter Drill
The official government website for the state of Connecticut (ct.gov) lists the drill on their calendar;

The government drill that took place on the same day of the shooting between the same hours was located down the road about 14 miles at the following location:

12/14    9 AM – 4 PM     FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

Location: 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT9 AM – 4 PM

Contact: Christopher Ackley

Email: christopher.ackley@ct.gov

Phone: (203)-696-2640

5 of 40 seats still available

Last day to register: 12/13/2012

Sorry, you may not register for this event.

The states official website reads;

FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters 

The goal of the course is to enable participants to improve their community’s mitigation and emergency operations plan specifically regarding the needs of children. The course will provide them with the information needed to address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters. It will also provide them guidance and direction on how to form coalitions and how to become advocates for the unique needs of children in all aspects of emergency management.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

DECEMBER 14, 2012

• Articulate the importance of providing for the needs of children in disasters in your community’s current emergency management plan.

• Explain what is required to keep children safe in emergencies and why those needs are unique.

• Explain the assumptions, concept of operations, organization and assignment of responsibilities that address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters.

• Explain the planning components necessary to address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters
• Incorporate the unique needs of children in disasters into Emergency Operations Plans

• Identify stakeholders and organizations that can assist in preparing for the needs of children in disasters.

• Initiate steps to form coalitions and build teams that have a stake in keeping children safe in disasters

(SID) number. For more information and to obtain a SID go to:  https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/

You will need this number to complete the course application form (119-25-1) that will be filled out at the beginning of the class.  FEMA certificates will be mailed to participants after completion of this course.

2.Class size is limited to 30.   Please sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot in the class of your choice.

3. There are no prerequisites for this class.

4. There is no cost for the class and lunch is on your own.

The target audience for this course is local and state emergency managers and planners, Child Services Agencies, NGO’s, Child Care Providers, Schools, and Faith-based Organizations.

1. As of October 1, 2012 anyone applying for FEMA courses must obtain a FEMA Student Identification

An excerpt from a local publication details the fact that an active-shooter drill was indeed taking place during the actual event known as the Newtown or Sandy Hook Schools Shooting, thus signifying all of the classic signs of a false flag operation.

The Southeast-Brewster Patch reported on December 18, 2012;

In the years following the infamous school shooting incident at Columbine, Colorado, law enforcement agencies and local school districts in Putnam County and across America developed plans and protocols to safeguard against and respond to similar acts of school violence. Since Columbine, new tactics and training have been devised and implemented for law enforcement officers for responding to situations of active shooters in schools.

By grim coincidence, even as the terrible events were unfolding in Newtown on Friday morning, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team (“ERT”) happened to be assembled for regular training in Carmel, and team members were at that very moment engaged in a mock scenario of an active-shooter in a school.

The ERT is comprised of specially trained and heavily armed officers from the Sheriff’s Office and the Carmel and Kent Police Departments.

When news broke of the Newtown shooting, the Putnam County ERT commander called Newtown Police and offered to have the ERT respond to the Sandy Hook school, but that response was not needed because Connecticut police had already secured the scene.

As information circulated about the Newtown violence, the Sheriff’s Office notified school district officials in Putnam County.

The Sheriff’s Office and local police departments dispatched patrols to establish a security presence at area elementary schools and to augment the security already in place at most of the high schools and middle schools in the County, where deputy sheriffs are regularly assigned as school resource officers (“SROs”).

Over the weekend, too, the Sheriff’s Office coordinated with local government officials to provide deputies and plainclothes investigators for security at several civic events throughout the county.

Others including a Florida professor with a PHD have came out saying allot of what the media is reporting is simply not accurate and that cris actors might have been used. Anderson Cooper even recently responded to what the mainstream is calling conspiracy theory, while others say the Sandy Hook shooting victims demand a fair and in depth investigation. The fact remains that crisis actors do exist, there is even an official websitecrisisactors.org that specializes in active-shooter drills and other scenarios. In fact they issued a statement on their website on January 9, 2013 reading;

We are outraged by Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy’s deliberate promotion of rumor and innuendo to link Crisis Actors to the Sandy Hook shootings of December 14, 2012. We do not engage our actors in any real-world crisis events, and none of our performances may be presented at any time as a real-world event. James Tracy’s so-called research is copied almost verbatim from a tightly connected group of hate blogs and YouTube channels that use only one another as sources. From the thousands of comments of these sites’ devoted followers, one thing is clear. They are nothing but thrill-seekers using any pretext to vent their irrational hate against the Sandy Hook community and a nation of mourners.

The website also boasts a creepy picture from a Columbine active-shooter drill that just looks ominous in nature, needless to say.

There seems to be a pattern here not only with events like 9/11, and the London Bombing on 7/7, but in recent days. Fox News reported;

Minutes before a gunman walked into a California high school, students and teachers had been practicing what to do if the school came under an attack.

“Just 10 minutes before it happened, our teachers were giving us protocol because of what happened in Connecticut,” Oscar Nuno, a student at Taft High School said.

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into his first period science class Thursday and opened fire, wounding a classmate he claimed had bulled him. Video surveillance shows the suspect entering the building through a side door.

He fired two more rounds at students, reportedly missing a second target, as they fled the class, and then faced a well-liked teacher Ryan Heber, MyFoxLA.com reported.

“I don’t want to shoot you,” he told Heber as the teacher tried to convince the student to put down the gun.

Police credit Heber with causing enough of a distraction to allow a majority of the students to escape the classroom through a back door unharmed.

The student hit by the gunshot is in critical but stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery Friday. Three others are injured, including a student who may have suffered hearing damage after being too close to the shotgun blast, MyFoxLA.com reported.

An announcement over the speaker system said the school was under lockdown “and it was not a drill.”

School officials say there is usually an armed guard on campus, but the person was absent because he was snowed in.

Active shooter drills are popping up everywhere now at schools around the country. In fact the next one is this coming Monday in Henderson Texas. A local report reads;

On Monday local law enforcement will start training for something they hope never happens.

Department of Public Safety state trooper Sgt. Ricky White contacted Henderson Independent School District in November about using one of the district’s vacant campuses for an active shooter exercise.

Project Longevity
This is where it starts to get extremely weird.

A little more than two weeks before the Sandy Hook Shooting, Attorney General Eric Holder was in Connecticut meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy to discuss the launch of a new project aimed at what was described at the time as the, “sticky issue of gun violence.”

The initiative, was aptly named Project Longevity and boasted a variety of goals all supposedly aimed at curbing what Holder described as increasing gun violence in Connecticut and throughout the country.

The Huffington Post reported;

The initiative, known as Project Longevity, will send new federal grant money to Connecticut and involve agents, academics and social workers working for or with the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy are scheduled to discuss the plans at a news conference in New Haven, Connecticut, at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT).

Malloy, a Democrat, in June adopted a strategy known as “focused deterrence” that targets a small number of suspects who are under the supervision of probation officers or otherwise well known to law enforcement.

The model, which emphasizes education and other services for those suspects, as well as community meetings, has been credited with reducing violence in Boston and elsewhere.

Federal help for the effort is welcome even if Obama is not making a push to change laws that make guns easily available in much of the country, said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

The corporate media immediately labeled the project not what Obama’s supporters wanted when he promised gun control in his second term.

It will not be the gun control launch that some of President Barack Obama’s supporters hoped for after Obama won a second four-year term in a Nov. 6 election.

press release by the initiative was published in an article by Connecticut local mainstream news outlet WTNH. (Emphasis mine)

PROJECT LONGEVITY LAUNCHED TO REDUCE  GANG AND GUN VIOLENCE IN CONNECTICUT’S CITIES

Government Officials, Community Members, Service Providers and Law Enforcement Join Forces in Statewide Anti-Violence Initiative
New Haven, Conn. – Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney David Fein and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy joined members of law enforcement, public officials, social service providers, community leaders and researchers in New Haven today to launch “Project Longevity,” a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s major cities.

Project Longevity uses a strategy that has shown violence can be reduced dramatically when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage with these groups and clearly communicate a community message against violence, a law enforcement message about the consequences of further violence and an offer of help for those who want it.

To accomplish this, law enforcement, social service providers and community members are recruited, assembled and trained to engage in a sustained relationship with violent groups.

“Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would commit violent crimes targeting their fellow citizens that such acts will not be tolerated and that help is available for all those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity,” said Attorney General Holder.

“Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to working together – across levels of government and jurisdictional boundaries – to protect the American people from the crime that threatens too many neighborhoods and claims far too many innocent lives.”

Project Longevity is based on a model that has been successful in reducing gun violence in multiple neighborhoods across the country and represents the first time the strategy is being implemented statewide.

“On the state level, I have directed my administration to focus our criminal justice resources on urban violence,” Governor Malloy said. “We agree that no strategy will be effective without the support of the community.

This means parents, clergy, neighborhood leaders, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles – everyone working toward one goal. We are working to regain the trust of the African American and Latino communities. We need their help. The lives of these young people are too valuable not to act.”

You Can Read the Whole Press Release Here

So just two weeks before the Sandy Hook Shooting, Holder was in the area pushing a form of gun control but clearly not happy that the project was so low key instead of some sort of ban on certain weapons and so forth. (what we are seeing in the present)

The Governor then made a statement that is extremely suspicious.

“The community needs to show a little more outrage on these things and demand that it be a top priority,” Pinciaro said.“That will be more useful than another law right now.

Another interesting observation shows Governor Malloy at a press conference. Governor Malloy states in the video, “The Lt. Governor and I have been spoken too in an attempt that we might be prepared for something like this playing itself out in our state”.

Several times in the video the Governor refers to the scenario as playing, like a role play or drill almost.

Corporate Media Goes on the Attack
Fast forwarding to the present, we have seen a large scale media attack on the 2nd Amendment and now, in a startling turn of events, elements of the corporate media are literally attacking those who question the shooting.

When you consider the fact that the corporate media has absolutely been complicit in the Sandy Hook Shooting, it makes sense that they would send an elitist Vanderbilt (Anderson Cooper) to broadcast one of the most hardcore segments of shilling the corporate media has ever conducted.

In the broadcast, Cooper repeatedly states that if it wasn’t for his show no one would even be seeing the crazy conspiracy theories he is exposing yet if that was the case a CNN prime time show would never spend multiple segments to debunk something no one has ever seen in the first place.

Cooper then proceeded to attempt to debunk point by point many different theories on the shooting that have been read by millions in the alternative media.

Specifically, the professor from Florida who has spoken out in regards to the numerous anomalies was directly attacked by Cooper due to the fact that it is much harder to label a professor at a university as some lone crazy on the internet.

It is also interesting to mention that Cooper spent a large chunk of time attacking the claim that crisis management actors were used in conjunction with fake news media broadcasts.

The idea that Cooper has never heard of something like that is completely and utterly absurd, especially when you consider the infamous fake CNN Gulf War broadcast.

In the latter part of the shillcast, Cooper had on two known new world order shills in an attempt to make it sound like the entire idea of a new world order or false flag terror is just completely 100% ludicrous.

Towards the end, the daughter of the principle who was apparently killed in the shooting also called in to voice here anger and add in details that seemed to once again attempt to directly counter points made in the alternative media.

Clearly, the use of the corporate media to attack honest questions in regards to the Sandy Hook shootings shows that the alternative media is indeed making major leeway when it comes to finding out the facts in the case.

Anderson Cooper is a known CIA asset and pushes CIA COINTEL on the American People. Wikipedia even admits that Cooper is affiliated with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reading;

During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Although he technically has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school,[13] having been a self-proclaimed “news junkie” since he was “in utero.”[14] After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied theVietnamese language at the University of Hanoi.[15] (Infowars, 2013).

Title: School Bio-Terror Mock Disaster Training Exercise In Scioto County, Ohio
Date: January 17, 2013
Source:
WSAZ News

Abstract: A dead science teacher, weapons of mass destruction, first responders in hazmat suits and the Ohio Army National Guard all near the Municipal Stadium in Portsmouth, Thursday. There's no cause for alarm -- this is just a drill!

The mock disaster training exercise is being done with Scioto County first responders and the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit.

"It's the reality of the world we live in," says Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin. "Don't forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. This helps us all be prepared."

The make-believe scenario is timely. Two school employees who are disgruntled over the government's interpretation of the Second Amendment, plot to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the local community (WSAZ News, 2013).

Title: Cary Grove Drill To Include Shooting Blanks In Hallways
Date: January 29, 2013
Source:
CBS Chicago

Abstract: 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.

Cary Police Chief Steven Casstevens said, “From the school’s request, they want to let the students know what the sound of gunshot might be, should that occur in their school.”

But any gunfire at a school – even blanks – had some parents and students shaking their heads.

Parent Kassy Pinter said, “It’s probably necessary to have the ‘code red’ drill, but not really necessary to shoot the blanks in the hallway.”

Parent Sharon Miller said the way Cary Grove has planned the code red drill is absurd and also thinks it’s not necessary to shoot blanks in the hallway.

“If you need to run a drill, you run a drill,” she 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.”

Parents were also concerned about some students getting too upset during the exercise.

Pinter and Miller both also pointed out that not all guns sound alike, ranging from a light popping sound to a loud bang.

The parents were also concerned about the notification letter from the school. Pinter said she did not receive it in her email. Miller said she’s the only one of the parents she knows who has received it.

Some in the school community endorse the idea.

Substitute teacher Debbie Gummerson said, “Let’s put the kids through some training, and maybe we could save some lives that way, should something ever happen.”

Parent Dina Coutre said, “Nowadays it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

School spokesman Jeff Puma said the small number of parents who have contacted the school are evenly split for and against the drill. He said another notification will be going out today, and teachers will discuss the drill plans with students during classes.

Puma said the school has worked closely with the Cary Police Department on the drill plans.

“It was their recommendation that we do this in order to create the knowledge necessary to keep our students safe in an active crisis situation,” Puma said.

Pinter and Miller also said they don’t like the way police recommend students to be “sitting ducks” in their classrooms if there’s a shooter in their school.

They said they’d always taught their children to find a way out of the school if they’re not near where the shooting is going on–to run out a door or climb out a window.

Puma said, “I don’t believe there would be any school that would tell you to do that, and that’s coming from police and emergency management officials.”

Last year, Community High School District 155 also used simulated gunshots at another emergency drill at Crystal Lake South High School, but only faculty and staff were present, not students.

The full email:

Dear parents:

At Cary-Grove and across District 155, we make your child’s safety our number one priority each day. As a parent, I can assure you that we understand our responsibility to return your child safely at the end of each day. While we take many preventative steps to keep our building secure, we also practice our response should a crisis arise. Some examples include meetings with first responders, a comprehensive crisis response plan, and simulations. We are planning a code red simulation on Wednesday, January 30. We feel it is important to explain the simulation to you in advance so that you and your child might be able to better understand what will take place on Wednesday.

The simulation will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which time teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building. Please note that we will be firing blanks in the hallway in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire. Our school resource officer and other members of the Cary Police Department will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill. At the conclusion of the drill, we will take some time to process what occurred and then we will return to our normal classroom routine.

I encourage you to discuss the drill with your student both before it happens and after. These drills help our students and staff to be prepared should a crisis occur, but it may cause some students to have an emotional reaction. In those cases, your voice may provide reassurances of the drill’s importance. Additionally, we have trained social workers on staff who can speak directly with your child should he or she need added support.

Should you have any questions, please contact me or any member of the Cary-Grove’s administrative team. Together, we can keep our school a safe place for your child to learn and grow.

Sincerely,

Jay Sargeant
Principal


(CBS Chicago, 2013).