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High School Drill to Include Blanks Fired from Gun

| by Michael Allen

A school shooting drill planned for tomorrow at the Cary-Grove High School in Cary, Illinois, has parents upset, reports CBS Chicago.

According to a letter from Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant, there will be a code red drill at the school on Wednesday, which will include somebody shooting blanks from a gun in the hallway “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”

Parent Kassy Pinters told CBS Chicago, “It’s probably necessary to have the code red drill but not really necessary to shoot the blanks in the hallway.”

Parent Sharon Miller told WBBM News Radio: “If you need to run a drill, you run a drill. They run fire drills all the time, but they don’t run up and down the hallway with a flamethrower.”

Parents are concerned that some students may get too upset during the drill.

School spokesman Jeff Puma said the small number of parents who have contacted the school are evenly split for and against the drill.

“It was their recommendation that we do this in order to create the knowledge necessary to keep our students safe in an active crisis situation,” he said.