Welcome to modern America, where guns and gun culture and gun violence have become a part of the fabric of life and one charter school decided to test teacher readiness with an ill-conceived surprise “active shooter” drill during a teacher in-service day:
Not everyone, however, found the drill a positive experience. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Portland, teacher Linda McLean says the April 26, 2013 drill at the Halfway school, in which a gunman in a black hoodie and goggles pointed a pistol at her face and shot her with blanks, left her with permanent emotional trauma and unable to return to work, the Oregonian reports.
An employee of the school district since 1982, McLean “was extremely shaken, confused and mentally, physically and emotionally ill” after the drill, the complaint alleges. “She could not shake the event but continued to relive it and try to make sense of it, but could not. Ms. McLean could not sleep and remained anxious and vigilant. When she drifted off to sleep, she experienced nightmares and sweating.”
She sought psychological help, but when she tried to return to the school building, “she was short of breath, anxious, emotionally distressed and had to leave.”
One teacher wet her pants during the drill and another injured his arm as he scuffled with a gunman at the door to his classroom, according to the suit.
What the fuck is wrong with people? Is this how it’s going to be, now? As if being a teacher doesn’t suck enough already, now we have charter school administrators inflicting mental torture on teachers, all in the interest of “safety” and “emergency preparedness”? Because we refuse to take even the smallest, teeniest, tiniest steps to keep school shootings like Sandy Hook, Columbine and Heath High School from happening again and again?
America, you’ve got a problem.