Florida Cops Terrify Students With Unannounced Active Shooter Drill
The principal of the Jewett Middle Academy in Polk County, Florida announced a lockdown last week with no further explanation.Tampa’s Fox 13 reports:
Students huddled into classrooms waiting for further instructions. Instead, they started hearing voices in the hallway.
“A lot of people started getting scared because we thought it was a real drill,” Lauren said. “We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us.”
Two police officers burst into Lauren’s classroom with their guns drawn — one carrying, what Winter Haven police said, was an AR-15 rifle…The school sent an email out after the exercise, called a “lockdown active shooter drill,” to let parents know it had taken place.
This did not go over well with students or parents.
Parents were reportedly furious, prompting the local police to re-evaluate its standard procedure for such drills. “Further lock-down drills that occur at schools within the city limits of Winter Haven will be performed by uniformed officers without weapons,” the department later announced.[su_csky_ad]