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Monday, May 06, 2013

Masked gunmen storm meeting and begin shooting blanks in school emergency test they were not told about


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Teachers gathered for a meeting on April 26 were horrified when two masked men ambushed their meeting and began firing blanks. The 15 instructors at the Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway, Oregon did not realize that it was an emergency drill and not a real attack. 

After the terrifying test, school officials say they will train teachers to better respond to a surprise attack. Students were not present on school grounds when the drill occurred, as the children were home for an in-service day, The Oregonian reported. 

Two men wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts stormed the meeting room and began firing. At first, the teachers didn't know what was happening and then they realized that the shooting was not drawing blood and thus was part of a test. 

'I'll tell you, the whole situation was horrible,' elementary teacher Morgan Gover, 31, told the local paper. 

I got a couple in the front and a couple in the back.' 

The school principal said that the purpose of the drill, though frightening, was to gauge how teachers would respond and help them better act as guides for the students, in the case of a real attack. 

Principal Cammie DeCastro said that based on the drill, not many of the teachers would have made it out alive. 

One teacher has since resorted to keeping her classroom door locked. 

The ranching town of Halfway, is located in northeast Oregon, near the Idaho border. It has a population of 288.
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