Tag Archives: mass shootings

Students Witnessing California Shooting Produced Active Shooter ‘Instructional Video’ Months Ago

Event goes down amidst national debate on preparation/response methods to active shooter situations

VC Star/USA Today
(November 14, 2019)

When sophomore Elijah Mims, 15, performed in an active shooter training video for a class project earlier this school year, the Santa Clarita native never thought he’d actually be running for his life.

“We were just preparing for the worst, but we never thought anything would occur in a suburb like Santa Clarita. It’s such a lovely place,” Mims told USA TODAY in a phone interview.

In the instructional video, Mims played the role of a “person who was hiding,” later demonstrating to students how they could safely escape an active shooter situation. On Thursday, Mims found himself a few feet away from an armed classmate. He sprinted into an empty classroom, where he huddled quietly with dozens of other students until police entered the room.

“The video helped me out since I reacted right away and was able to do what I needed,” Mims said.

The school shooting that killed two and injured at least three people at Saugus High School Thursday comes amid a national debate around how to prepare for and respond to active shooter situations, with some schools and policymakers advocating a range of tactics — from “bulletproof backpacks” to curved hallways.

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Popping Balloons Sparked Panic at Boca Mall (Video)

Julius Wingham II
Palm Beach Post
(October 17, 2019)

Fears of an armed gunman led Town Center at Boca Raton to shut down Sunday afternoon. One person was injured in the rush to leave the mall.

BOCA RATON – Panic, confusion and the popping of not one balloon but two marked the first moments of what was thought to be an active gunman event at Town Center at Boca Raton on Sunday, according to 911 audio and video recordings city police released Thursday.

“I think there’s a shooting,” one woman calling from the Neiman Marcus store, just off the mall food court from where the booming sounds emanated, told city dispatchers.

“We’re in Boca Town Center mall, we don’t know what’s going on. . . . People are just running,” reported another woman calling from the Grand Lux Cafe, near an entrance on Town Center’s north side.

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Boca Raton Police defend Mall Shoppers From ‘Loud Noise’

Authorities issue conflicting reports in wake of mass hysteria; Unusual Tweeted photo

BOCA POLICE (CBSMiami) – The Boca Police Department says a person hurt at Town Center Mall was not shot, and suffered a trauma wound, despite earlier reports that stated there was an active shooter at the mall.

Boca PD corrected an earlier tweet around 6:00 p.m. Sunday which said one person with a gunshot wound was transported to Delray Medical Center.

The corrected tweet says the person may have a “POSSIBLE gunshot wound,” and the Chief of Police told CBS4’s Amber Diaz that victim was not shot.

Boca Raton Police@BocaPolice

Correction: One person with a POSSIBLE gunshot wound transported to Delray Medical Center.

SWAT teams are continuing to clear the mall and evacuate people. If you are still in the mall, please stay sheltered in place until officers evacuate you. @BocaPolice2095:55 PM – Oct 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy147 people are talking about this

It’s still unclear how the person, who was taken to Delray Medical Center, sustained the wound. The person’s condition was not reported.

At a 5:30 p.m. news conference, Boca police described the victim’s injury as a trauma wound. The victim did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

There were several other minor injuries due to trips and falls of people running to escape the chaos.

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Terror in the Classroom (VIdeo)

Memory Hole Blog Report

The militarization of law enforcement, sensationalized mass shooting events, and a creeping police state have merged in the now common “active shooter drills” that transpire in various public places, including schools.

Yet recent research suggests how such exercises do little in the way of preparing for mass casualty events, and instead needlessly traumatize children, in the process making an entire generation more acquiescent to state authority and control over their everyday lives.

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Ohio Police Fired Blanks During School Shooter Drill, Needlessly Terrifying Students

Billy Binion
Reason

(10/2/2019)

Police officers outside of Dayton, Ohio, unsheathed their weapons and fired blanks in Franklin High School on Tuesday as part of a misguided effort to prepare students for a possible active shooter.

The planned drill unnecessarily ratcheted up the intensity of school lockdown procedures, which routinely require students and teachers to barricade themselves in their classrooms. That the exercise was potentially traumatizing was not lost on the officials who planned it, as they came equipped with “Social-Emotional Activities,” as well as counselors who could talk with any disturbed teens.

“There was a concern and it did cause some stress” among parents and students, Lt. Gerry Massey tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. Senior Samantha Earnhart, one such terrified student, said that she “became very emotional” and “started to cry” upon hearing the gunfire.

And for what? Regardless of the feverish rhetoric around school shootings, the phenomenon remains exceedingly rare.

Less rare, however, are these increasingly extreme active shooter drills.

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DHS Declares White Nationalists The New Terror Threat

Chris Menahan
Information Liberation
(September 23, 2019)

The post-constitutional system the US government created in the wake of 9/11 to supposedly go after Muslims in far-off lands is now slated to be used aggressively on Americans. 

Leftists are absolutely giddy.

From VICE, “DHS Just Finally Recognized White Nationalism as a Major Terror Threat”:

Department of Homeland Security is finally, officially recognizing white supremacist terror as a major national security threat in the U.S. — a threat that’s coming from the inside.

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Friday unveiled the department’s new counterterrorism strategy, which for the first time places major emphasis on countering the threat of white nationalism coming from inside the U.S.

Trump resisted calls to do just this in the past but Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan is pushing through with it. McAleenan is a die-hard leftist that Trump appointed who made a splash in June by allegedly sabotaging a major planned ICE raid by leaking details to the press.

On September 20, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan introduced DHS’s Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence at an event co-hosted by Heritage and the Brookings Institution,

The news will come as some relief for national security and extremism experts, who for years and with increasing urgency have sounded the alarm about the threat of white nationalist terror. After the Christchurch mosque attacks in March, President Donald Trump himself shrugged off the idea that white nationalist terror posed a major security threat. His administration has also defunded and dismantled DHS programs that were designed to counter violent extremism, including far-right extremism. At a House committee hearing earlier this week, experts stressed that the U.S. was woefully ill-equipped to counter the threat. 

DHS was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and since then its counterterrorism strategy has been largely focused on the threat posed by foreign groups, like ISIS and al Qaeda. Friday’s announcement and formal recognition of white supremacist terror marks a major turning point for the department. 

White supremacists are replacing Muslim terrorists as the new boogieman used to strip Americans of their rights — complete with fake stories about WMDs and everything. 

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Illinois School District Allows Students to Opt Out of “Active Shooter Drills”

Parents Fear of Children Being Traumatized

Illinois Public Media
(September 10, 2019)

A Champaign Illinois school district is allowing students to be excused from school to avoid experiencing “active shooter drills” held on school grounds.

“The Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education clarified how parents can opt their students out of active shooter drills” at a September 9 meeting, Illinois Public Media reports

A new state law requires students participate in at least one active shooter drill during the first 90 days of the school year. The law allows school staff to exempt certain students from the drill at their discretion. 

Unit 4 board members opted to take the advice of the district’s legal counsel, and allow parents to take their children out of school during the drills, exempt students who are already exempted from fire and tornado drills, and provide accommodations for students with individualized education plans.

Parents at the meeting expressed concerns that the drills could traumatize both students and staff. Dianne Gordon, a Unit 4 parent, told board members that her seven-year-old daughter was “hysterical” following a hard lockdown drill at her elementary school last year. 

Orlando Thomas, director of achievement and student services at Unit 4, explained that parents would be informed ahead of time when the drills would occur at each school building. 

“I think we’ve done a lot to try to help the adults ease their reservation about the training,” Thomas said.

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