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Teacher Files Lawsuit Over Active-Shooter Drill

By The Associated Press — May 05, 2015 1 min read
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A former grade school teacher in Oregon has sued a school safety officer and others responsible for a surprise “active shooter” drill. She says she was so scared when a man burst into her classroom and pulled the trigger on the pistol he pointed at her face that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The episode took place in April 2013 at Pine Eagle charter school in Halfway.

At the time, Pine Eagle officials said they conducted the drill, held during an in-service day for teachers, to see how many of the school’s staff would survive an onslaught. Officials judged that a real attack would have left most of the 15 teachers dead.

Representatives of the school declined to comment.

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A version of this article appeared in the May 06, 2015 edition of Education Week as Teacher Files Lawsuit Over Active-Shooter Drill

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