Published May 02, 2013
Teachers attending a meeting at a small school in rural Oregon last Friday were shocked when two masked men wearing hoodies burst into the conference room and pretended to open fire.
The surprise shooting drill at Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway was designed to test the school's preparation for an assault by "active shooters," The Oregonian reported.
Principal Cammie DeCastro told the paper there was "some commotion" when the shooters, who were actually members of the school's staff, entered the meeting room and began shooting.
Students were at home for a faculty training day, according to the report.
School staff had received training from the Union County Sheriff's Office on active shooting scenarios, but many educators were caught by surprise and unprepared to handle the situation, according to The Oregonian.
Elementary teacher Morgan Gover told the paper that only two of her colleagues would have survived the shooting. She said she took several fake direct hits from the shooters.
"I'll tell you, the whole situation was horrible," she told the paper. "I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back."
DeCastro told the paper that some community members have criticized the drill, but she maintains the scenario was valuable.
The district plans to evaluate existing security policies and procedures and decide what steps should be taken in response to the drill, according to DeCastro.