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Ill. School Safety Drill Backfires When Deputy Uses Cap Gun, Scares Student

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:30 PM

By Martin Gould

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A school safety drill in Illinois went badly wrong when a police officer pretending to be an armed intruder asked for a student by name, freaking the child out. The student ran away and had to be tracked down by police and the school officials who had designed the drill, the Freeport Journal-Standard reports.

Now the school board is investigating how things could have gone so awry at Orangevllle High School Friday morning.

Stevenson County sheriff’s deputies helped with the drill, with one playing the part of the intruder. He “broke into” the school, fired a cap gun, and called for one student by name.

“Some things were not done according to our plan,” Superintendant Randy Otto told the Journal-Standard. “We found there were some areas to work on.”

Illinois state law requires schools to have annual drills dealing with potential shootings, bomb threats, suspicious people or hazardous materials. Otto said there are no plans to repeat the drill in the near future.

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