A SWAT training exercise in Ohio in which a “gunman” hijacked a school bus and tied up students has generated online outrage after it was reported the children didn’t know it was an exercise.
A commentary from Personal Liberty Digest posted at the Rutherford Institute website called it the “latest example of the state working to familiarize American citizens with terror and heavy-handed police-state response.”
The report said while preparedness is a good idea, there was “one disturbing element to the drill: The students on board the bus had no idea that they weren’t in real danger – even though the drill had been planned since May.”
At the Opposing Views blog, Michael Allen said: ‘So the town’s police staged a school bus hijacking drill with unsuspecting students, as school teachers, administrators and transportation directors watched a live feed of the ‘training.’”
Justin Klocko, a student, told television state WJRT, which reported on the Rossford, Ohio, event: “I didn’t know what was going on, because at the start he was just a normal person and then he pulled out a gun and a mask, and put it all on. Then he started tying everybody down and it just got really scary.”