Blank Rounds Fired “To Expose Students to Sound of Gunfire”
Parents of children attending Bethel Park High School in southeastern Pennsylvania have protested the school and local police department’s firing of blank rounds during an active shooter drill, allegedly without the parents’ express consent.
KDKA CBS Pittsburgh reports:
At Bethel Park High School on Thursday, an active shooter drill is scheduled to get underway during an extended third period class.
This drill will include the sound of gunfire, but blanks will be fired, not real bullets. School Police and Bethel Park Police will conduct the exercise.
Nanette Adams has a son who just this year enrolled in the High School. She and some other parents contacted KDKA-TV News saying they were concerned about the drill; more specifically, the fact that blanks were bring used.
“Students have been prepared; although, I have not been advised about what that preparation consists of,” Adams said. “My concern is for students who may have some sort of issue with anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, special needs students.”
The high school principal sent emails out to parents saying in part that the drill will include an alleged shooter in the building.
The police will be firing blanks to expose everyone to the sound of gunfire in the building.
In the email, he said the blanks will not be fired at anyone, however the sound may be heard throughout the school.
Some mental health experts are now asserting that such drills are unnecessarily traumatizing younger school-aged children who are unable to distinguish between a “drill” and a real event.