Guest Post by Mara Zebest
This story flew under the radar when originally posted last month (August 14, 2013), but still warrants attention even if a month late. A so-called “training exercise” in Rossford, Ohio, in which government SWAT team members terrorized young students into believing their school bus was being hijacked.
ABC13 reports the following:
ROSSFORD, Ohio – A training exercise this Rossford Wednesday morning left students literally hanging on to the edge of their seats.
In the scenario: A school bus is en route to an event when suddenly it’s hijacked! A camera inside the bus captured the whole thing while an audience of school teachers, administrators and transportation directors watched it all unfold on a live feed.
The hijacker even tied some of the students up and told them to keep their heads down. The bus eventually ended up at Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness. That’s where first responders and SWAT teams were ready to move in.
“Every driver, administrator will take something away from this saying that this could actually happen on my bus. That’s what our focus was. This could happen on any bus”, says Jeff Culler, Rossford Schools Transportation Director
Organizers say planning for the drill began in May.
This story brings an interview to mind in which the family members of deceased SEAL Team Six were being interviewed by Matt Lauer. Around the 2:15 minute marker, the father of Aaron Vaughn expressed an idea his son was taught in SEAL training [paraphrasing]:
“There’s three kinds of people in the world: Sheep dogs, sheep, and wolves […] the sheep dogs always see the warning. They see it black and white. They see it clearly. The sheep—most of us are sheep—we don’t usually see it. And there are some wolves out there,” [that prey upon the sheep].
Shouldn’t American school systems strive to teach our children how to be sheep dogs rather than sheep?