Today's award goes to the dumbasses who thought up this stunt.
Two masked men wearing hoodies and wielding handguns burst into the Pine Eagle Charter School in this tiny rural community on Friday. Students were at home for an in-service day, so the gunmen headed into a meeting room full of teachers and opened fire.
Someone figured out in a few seconds that the bullets were not drawing blood because they were blanks and the exercise was a drill, designed to test Pine Eagle's preparation for an assault by "active shooters" who were, in reality, members of the school staff. But those few seconds left everybody plenty scared.
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The surprised staff had received training from the Union County Sheriff's Office on active shooter scenarios. They had been told they had some options, such as not rushing out of their classrooms when gunfire erupted, and locking and barricading their doors.
They weren't expecting a drill like this, and they were caught by surprise when the two men entered and began firing.
There's more at the link. A tip o' the hat to reader A. Q. for mentioning it.
There's a reason why they don't try drills like that in the area where I live. The odds are pretty good that a teacher would be armed (despite regulations to the contrary), or a passerby would notice something going down and alert armed neighbors. The "active shooters" would rapidly have been deactivated! That's not likely in a place like Oregon, though - in fact, the exercise merely restated the obvious. Clearly, if you've turned your school into a defenseless victim zone, those inside it are bound to get hurt, sooner or later!