High School to Fire Blanks During Shooting Drill

Starter pistol aims to familiarize kids with sound of gunfire

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Ballantyne

Posted Jan 30, 2013 6:24 AM CST

(Newser) – A Chicago-area high school has an unconventional safety drill slated for today: During its "code red drill," Cary-Grove High School is going so far as to have someone in the hallway shoot blanks from a starter pistol. The point? "To provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire," said the principal in a letter. Teachers will keep students inside, with doors locked and curtains drawn, as police sweep the school. Students are aware of the drill, and there will be a PA announcement beforehand, the Northwest Herald reports.

"The purpose is to take the Code Red drill one step further," explains the police chief, adding that "many" students have "never heard a gunshot before." Needless to say, parents don't think it's a great idea, CBS Chicago reports. Some point out that not all guns sound alike; one calls it "sick." Others are in favor: "Nowadays it’s better to be safe than sorry," says one; a school spokesperson claims they've heard from as many supportive parents as dissenting ones, and adds, "Any step we can take to give them an advantage in a crisis situation is a step we should be taking."

The high school will use blanks shot from a starter pistol for the drill.
The high school will use blanks shot from a starter pistol for the drill.   (Shutterstock)
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We have fire drills, but we don't set fires to make it feel more [real]. - Sharon Miller, parent of a Cary-Grove freshman

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