Illinois school plans to shoot blanks in hallway during drill

Illinois school plans to shoot blanks in hallway during drill

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Illinois school plans to shoot blanks in hallway during drill

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 2:05 PM

2208 3 Oaks Road Cary, IL 60013

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(KMOV.com) – A Chicago-area school plans to use blanks during what they call a “code red” drill on Wednesday.

Principal Jay Sargeant from Cary-Grove High School sent an email to parents stating that the drill will be a shooting drill and simulation with someone in a hallway firing blanks from a gun.

According to reports from CBS Chicago, many parents have spoken out against the use of live fire. One school official said they have received calls from parent both for and against the use of blanks during the drill.

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Principal Sargeant said the school decided to use blanks “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”

The school is working closely with the Cary Grove Police Department to execute the simulation.

Here is the full text of the email sent to parents:

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

 

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