School District Simulates Act of Terrorism Without Warning Teachers, Parents or Students

Just a few years ago, the thought would have been outrageous. What school district would have dared to do then what is commonplace now? Drills that simulate terrorist attacks at school, with guns pointed toward students heads, simulated gun sounds, armed men screaming in hallways to get down and buses taking students to undisclosed locations without parental knowledge or consent… One of many such incidents took place recently at the Socorro Independent School District in Texas.

By Ric Dupont

EL PASO, Texas —

The Socorro Independent School District stands behind its decision to

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the students and teachers at Eastlake High School were told to vacate the hallways and lock down in their classrooms. According to students and parents, gunshots and screams were heard. The SWAT team was seen entering the school.

Stephanie Belcher has a 15-year-old son enrolled in Eastlake. She said she got a text message from her son that scared her.

pop tart gun“He said, ‘I’m not kidding. There’s gunshots and people screaming and we were locked in a storage closet,‘” Belcher said.

SISD’s Assistant Superintendent, Pat O’Neill, said the fact that only the principal of the school was warned was a necessary part of the plan.

“It’s an active shooter drill,” O’Neill said. “We do this every now and then. If you warn too many people then the simulation is not effective.”

These kids thought that their classmates were being killed and that they could be next,” Belcher said. “There’s no excuse for that.”

“I’d rather them be upset with us now instead of something happening and we’re not prepared,” O’Neill said. “Then people are going to ask questions like, “Why weren’t you prepared?'”

“I went to school in California and I don’t remember them shaking the building when we had an earthquake drill,” Belcher said.

Eastlake freshman Rudy Soto said the drill was too realistic.

“It was pretty scary,” Soto said. “Even the teachers got scared.”

Soto said he almost experienced a full-blown asthma attack when he heard the gunshots.

O’Neill said the drill was kept away from kids with special needs. He also said that next time the district will try and do a better job of informing parents.

This can seem moderately logical until one stops to consider the role of the educational system in our society and how it has morphed beyond control. It began as a nice idea to educate our youth and is now a means of mass control an indoctrination. The problems with the educational system stem primarily from the federal level. It is clear that having federal entities involved in the educational system was never what was intended by the founders of the country.

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Since education is not mentioned in the Constitution, it is one of those powers reserved to the states.

James Madison, “the father of the Constitution,” explained it this way: “The powers the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce..The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.”1 And Thomas Jefferson emphasized that the states are not “subordinate” to the national government, but rather the two are “coordinate departments of one simple and integral whole..The one is the domestic, the other the foreign branch of the same government.”2

It becomes even more moronic when you stop to consider how many school districts treat children as criminals for even slight unintentional references to guns. A 7 year old boy was suspended for 2 days when he ate his pop tart into the shape of a mountain that the teacher thought looked like a gun. In Florida 3 boys were suspended for 2 or three days after disarming a classmate with a loaded gun who announced he was going to shoot them.


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