“On Thursday, March 6, a team comprised of ten officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJ Department of Education’s Safety and Security Task Forces visited Glen Ridge High School to conduct an unannounced school lock-down drill,” reports Georgette Gilmore. “With the exception of Glen Ridge Superintendent Dr. John Mucciolo and Chief of Police Sheila Byron-Lagattutta, no Glen Ridge Public School personnel received advanced notice of the exercise.”
The federal/state “security team” later reported their satisfaction with GRHS Principal Dirk Phillips for activating the school’s lockdown procedure when ordered to do so by DHS officials and police.
“The NJ DOE team told us that of all the schools they have visited, GRHS was one of the best,” said Superintendent Dr. Mucciolo, confirming that the drills are now becoming commonplace throughout the region.
Yes. Actual shooting attacks in schools are exceptional events. As in, they are the exception to the rule. Your kid is more likely to be eaten by a tiger than to die in a school shooting. We don't have armed tiger patrols to prevent that eventuality, do we? So why do the authorities feel the need to have federal police agencies conducting school lockdown drills?
While authorities justify school lockdown drills as necessary exercises to prepare for potential school shootings, the likelihood of one happening is miniscule. Critics have pointed to the fact that the drills achieve little else than traumatizing school children.
Some have also argued that teaching kids to “shelter in place” rather than evacuate the scene of a shooting is bad advice because it is likely to lead to more casualties. The process of having children submit to armed masked men during school lockdown drills is also contradictory in that it teaches them to behave exactly the same way towards an actual gunman.
From a tactical point of view, getting all the kids to huddle in a corner is the stupidest possible response. You have just made a pile of immobile children, commanded them not to move and reinforced those commands with drills. That's the perfect environment for a crazed shooter, as proven by Adam Lanza.
I think its time for parents and students to start up some serious civil disobedience to this.