I get kicked in the head for my response to these every time but here goes.
This was a disgusting over reaction caused by an ignorant teacher. It serves to scare the kids and parents and to keep words like “gunshots” in the head lines. It’s totally driven by an unrealistic fear of firearms and attacks on schools. We certainly need to keep our kids safe at school however, as illustrated in this case, we frightened them, traumatized them, for no reason. We need staff at schools that are able to make the correct decisions on the second by second basis needed during an incident. Instead we have “A teacher in a classroom heard what they thought to be shots fired and contacted police”.
Off my Soap Box Now, let’s hear the “Yea Buts and What if’s” that totally ignore the reality of what just happened.
Not having been there, I guess I can’t say much. But I’d much rather hear a teacher say “oops, that wasn’t gunfire, my mistake” than “oops, I guess that was gunfire, my mistake.” (Assuming the teacher knew what to do in case of an active shooter; I have low confidence in this.)
Part of the issue might be plain-old unfamiliarity with firearms. I’ve had plenty of times where someone in my group thought they heard gunfire. But how would they know? They’ve only heard it in the movies. Let’s be honest, if you’ve never been shot at, you probably don’t know what it sounds like. Throw in the myriad of different types rounds and angles they can be fired from, and it could get confusing.
@Mike164 Nahhh, I won’t drop kick you in the head. I agree with you. Furthermore, I think that since schools have teacher workdays; I would think and have offered in my local area that Teachers go on a field trip to an indoor range and on a separate occasion, to an outdoor range, just for the purpose of hearing the difference in sound as it pertains to firearms. This will alleviate the confusion between incidental sounds and the distinguished sounds of firearms.
For me, when I was young, I heard shotguns during duck season, at varying distances, from within a few hundred feet to off in the distance. I was surprised several years ago, when hearing that sound again, back on the Island during duck season, that I still recognized the sound.
Since I took-up handguns, I only hear handgun shots with hearing protection or from outside the indoor range I go to or its sound-proofed shooting area. Hearing a live round outside without hearing protection, I would assume, would sound much different. I have heard outside, on a rare ocassion - off in the distance - what I assume to be a gunshot, but I am never sure as where I live hearing a gunshot in the neighborhood would likely be as rare as the proverbial “hen’s teeth”.
The test to determine whether you live in a rural or urban area is this: Go out in your backyard and shoot a round or two or three from your favorite firearm in a safe direction. If the police show up, you live in an urban area. If nobody shows up, you live in a rural area.
Given the amount of mass shootings this year, I can’t really blame someone in their position for reacting in this way. They are unarmed, there’s not much in the way of protection, and if something were to happen, they have to react quickly/efficiently. They need more protection and deserve to feel safe. Do I think they should be more educated in general on firearms, yes. Do I think they should have the means and training to better protect the children they are responsible for, absolutely. I do think there should have been some kind of communication about the science experiment. Even if it’s a “by the way, we blowing sh*t up today! Don’t forget!!”
My wife only started paying attention after I brought her to the range a few times. One time, I checked out a commotion in front of our house after she said she had heard a gunshot just before our dog and those in the neighborhood started barking.
I saw two guys running away giggling like they did something silly.
Couple minutes later, cops were circling our area. Apparently, someone was fatally shot less than half a mile from us.
I was at a private school band concert many years ago. Rural school. The band played the 1812 overture. They didn’t have any canons. But 12 gauge shotgun blanks fired into a metal barrel make a pretty cool substitute. No cops were called. Likely several in attendance though.
Here’s how I hope teachers at my school would respond.
I would want them to notice the sound. We preach situational awareness. Kudos to the teacher in the article for actually hearing it. Many people ignore the things they hear, rationalize them, or don’t hear them at all.
I would want them to be cognizant that they are near the science lab and that possibly accounts for the sound they heard. (Or that there was a construction project going on or whatever else could cause the same reaction.)
We give teachers the liberty to lock down their classroom or evacuate their particular students anytime they have a concern. But, they are also instructed to notify admin as soon as they believe their students are safe. There is nothing wrong with a teacher hearing a suspicious noise and locking their classroom down or taking their kids for a “walk” outside (AKA evacuation).
We give teachers communication tools to page multiple phones simultaneously to report a concern. I would expect phones to ring in this scenario. We then have handheld radios for secondary communication. Plus all staff have cell phone numbers of admin: primary, secondary, and tertiary communication methods.
I would expect teachers to look and listen before they called 911.
I can’t imagine this would result in a 911 call at my school.
We are a rural school. Gunshots are pretty common outside.
I might have jinxed myself by posting this.
Last night, I heard a loud “POP” sound, probably about a half mile away. I thought nothing of it. Then I heard it again, and again, and again with pretty consistent rhythm. I really had to start questioning whether it was someone shooting a firearm. I’m still not sure, but I never heard sirens, so probably not.