The “shooter” was played by a police officer. He shot blank rounds and flash bangs to make it as realistic as possible.
More than 60 citizen volunteers participated as well. They played roles ranging from bystanders to victims.”
Roseburg Oregon is one of the prettiest places in America (or at least the rural valleys outside of the town looked that way last time I drove through the area a few years back). The hoax shooting was done there because it is shocking – not like 60 people shot in urban Chicago where gun control is the strictest in the nation.
Umpqua College has its own police academy:
“The Academy is conducted in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Roseburg, Winston, Sutherlin, Myrtle Creek Police Departments, and Oregon State Police.” http://www.umpqua.edu/criminal-justice-career-technical/police-reserve-academy).
Umpqua College was also recently awarded a federal grant of $2.2 million. (https://www.umpqua.edu/college-news/433-ucc-to-receive-2-2-million-grant). That’s huge money for a small rural college.
Undoubtedly they will be getting millions more following the October 1 active shooter event.
Two weeks ago mass casualty drill held in nearby South Bend:
Another in Portland earlier this year came out with this 67 page “Player Guide” for the crisis actors :
(You have to scream “real world!” in order for them to pause the scenario and help you)
Oregon hospitals train for ‘mass casualty’ events:
Umpqua College has nursing program too – and in mass casualty training events medical students are often required to be ‘volunteers’
Here (pdf) Oregon discusses their obsession with holding shooter drills after a Happy Valley mall shooting:
That mall shooting didn’t require any law enforcement to end – it was stopped by 1 citizen with a Conceal Carry permit – showing that “drills” and police response (after everyone has been shot) are not the solution. The solution is to have more armed citizens with conceal carry permits.
So put together and you have a campus that is going to get a lot of money, students in police and nursing willing to play along for jobs and benefits, and you ‘lock-down’ the rest of the students so they don’t know what is happening.
Another interesting story: “Teacher terrified by surprise ‘active shooter’ drill in eastern Oregon schoolhouse files federal lawsuit”
Elementary school teacher Linda McLean sat at her desk on a calm blue-sky Friday afternoon nearly two years ago when she heard the clatter of what sounded like a falling ladder, followed by running feet.
A man dressed in a black hoodie and goggles suddenly burst through her classroom door. He leveled a pistol at McLean’s face and pulled the trigger. The terrified teacher heard gunfire, smelled smoke, felt her heart racing, she says.
“You’re dead,” the gunman said, and stalked out of her room.
But McLean was alive. The hooded man’s gun was loaded with blanks, part of a surprise “active shooter” drill at Pine Eagle School District No. 61, a charter school in the tiny eastern Oregon town of Halfway. The gun-toting man was Shawn Thatcher, the school district’s safety officer.
McLean was a casualty of what she now describes in a federal lawsuit as a harebrained drill in the middle of an in-service day – April 26, 2013 – that has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Courtesy of Dr. James F. Tracy @ Memory Hole.