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SWAT Drill Catches Students Off Guard

January 28, 2013  | 

Last week, more than two dozen SWAT team members descended on Silver Lake Regional middle and high schools in Kingston, Mass.

Their weapons were drawn, but not loaded. They ran through the building, simulating their approach to a scenario in which a shooter or shooters were also inside.

It's called a "Code Yellow" and is meant to be a drill that prepares teachers and students for an unthinkable—but possible—reality.

Read the full CBS Boston story.

Tags: Campus Safety, SWAT Training, Community Relations


Comments (9)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 1/29/2013 5:03 PM

HOW LONG DID THE SCHOOL HAVE TO CLOSE WHILE THE STUDENTS WENT HOME TO CHANGE UNDERWEAR.

Nichole @ 1/30/2013 4:07 AM

I read the CBS article and the comments, and of course there are troll comments saying that "if I were those parents, I'd sue the police department and the school".

BLAH BLAH BLAH. Really? You don't think it's a good idea that the school and the local law enforcement officers are preparing for the unthinkable but totally plausible thing to happen?

I for one found it to be a good idea. Take a step in the right direction. Perhaps deter those would be lunatics or pranksters from pulling these stunts. If a would-be shooter knows that within minutes a fully armed SWAT team is going to be on their asses and that the students are going to be well prepared for the event, they may think twice about attempting it.

Don @ 1/30/2013 4:16 AM

If they locked the school down with doors locked and no movement that is a Code RED. However if the school was in limited movement that is a Code Yellow

Jim @ 1/30/2013 4:54 AM

I am always in favor of more training; in fact probably none of us does enough. However, I think this drill should have been done when no students were present. I know it adds realism, but it also shows the next offender (and it will almost certainly be one of the student body) our tactics.

Bob @ VA @ 1/30/2013 5:16 AM

We should conduct more of these exercises, but not in no-notice fashion. The locals should have notified the parents and student body in advance, or conducted the exercise outside of school hours. Alarming kids and school staff with no-notice dress rehearsals serves no useful purpose. Involving the students and staff with training and a realistic exercise, similar to a fire drill with the participants knowing it is a drill, would have the most value for all involved.

@Jim - Concerning tactics, it doesn't matter. With very rare exception, the psychopathic cowards kill themselves when encountering armed resistance/response.

Dan B @ 1/30/2013 6:18 AM

Oops! Did someone forget to tell the school? Should not have been done without some kind of notice. Even a vagua reference to a drill would have been better.

Driverx @ 1/30/2013 3:00 PM

WOW So politically "Now"!!! Good training move, should have been in the play book for decades... BUT, Big Question "where the students and especially the parents notified in advance"??? I can almost see the law suits because Officer Tactical Ted scared the snot out of a bunch of folks... Yeah, it's not the "in thing" these days for the badguys to dress all "tactical like" just like the goodguys.

Larry @ 1/30/2013 5:49 PM

Someone will retire, resign, or be fired over this. Despite the media attention mass shootings receive, and how terrible they are, schools are actually safe! The chances of a Newtown happening in your school is higher than you get struck by lightening or winning the lottery. But, one lost child is too many. Putting these kids through this trauma is unforgivable. Preparing them for every horror that might occur is simpleton keystone cop thinking!

Tim @ 3/31/2014 6:49 AM

It wasn't a drill for the students. It was a very traumatic situation. The police and school should absolutely be sued for this poorly thought out stunt.

It's disturbing that a poster thought the reason students shouldn't have been there is so the next "offender" doesn't see "our" tactics. The odds of a member of that student body being the next "offender" are next to nothing. School shootings are very rare.

Train away, but don't traumatize people in the process. And please remember how much damage the overuse of swat teams is causing our society. They should be a last resort, not a first resort.

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