Parents express outrage at the active shooter exercise at Pennsylvania High School, which consisted of firing targets to expose students to the sound of gunfire.
- The exercise was conducted by police at Bethel Park High School on Thursday
- Aimed to help prepare students for a possible shooting situation on campus
- The director had sent a scattered email to the parents before the exercise
- Several parents criticized the school for not providing more details
Megan Sheets for Dailymail.com
Police fired blanks during an active shooting drill at a Pennsylvania high school in order to make students more prepared for possible shooting by exposing them to the sound of gunfire.
The drill was held at Bethel Park High School on Thursday despite strong rejection by parents who expressed outrage at how realistic the exercise was.
Earlier this week the director had sent an email to the parents informing them that the simulation would include an alleged shooter in the building and assuring them that the school and the local police would shoot blank instead of real bullets.
In the email, he wrote that the blanks will not be fired at anyone, but that the sound will be heard throughout the school.
Several parents responded by contacting the local news stations in an attempt to draw attention to the drill and possibly stop it.
Police conducted an active shooter drill that included blank shots at Bethel Park High School in Pennsylvania on Thursday despite strong rejection by outraged parents.
Mother Nanette Adams expressed concern that the hyperrealistic drill could annoy students and criticized school officials for not providing more details about the exercise.
& # 39; Students have been prepared; Although, I have not been informed about what that preparation is, "Nanette Adams, whose son enrolled in school this year, told KDKA.
"My concern is for students who may have some kind of problem with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, students with special needs."
Adams criticized school officials for not providing more details about the exercise and expressed concern that it could cause panic among neighbors if they did not know the drill.
"There are houses located nearby, and I have no idea if someone who does not have a student in the district has been informed that this drill is going to take place," Adams said.
"There are many unknown variables of what could happen if a nearby owner hears gunshots."