Emergency drill at Hoboken High School
Hoboken hostage drill at HHS angers kids & parents
This morning, the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments staged an emergency drill at the Hoboken High School. This staged event was meant to test the emergency preparedness of our first responders.
In this situation, the fake drill involved an armed gunman holding hostages in the library, all while a fire in a stairwell was happening at the same time.
Overheard on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel – it was clear that this event was not real, as everyone involved repeated “this is just a drill” dozens of times throughout the exercise.
This was essentially a non-event for us over here (they do similar drills throughout the year). But this just got a little interesting, because apparently no one at the school was informed (kids, teachers, parents) that this drill was going to take place. We suspect the more real-life the drill is – the more realistic the crowd control situation would be to test how emergency responders would handle the situation.
Hoboken411 received quite a few messages from residents (even some who thought the situation was really happening). Like one Hoboken parent who wrote:
“The Hoboken High School thought it would be a great a to stage a fake attack, having cops in full uniform and students acting out scenes being held hostage. The teachers were informed over the loudspeaker to lead the kids out of the building with hands behind the head like the were prisoners or hostages. The teachers, students and parents were not informed about this drill. My son texted me scared to “please come get him he’s scared to death and that he doesn’t know whats going on but there are people with guns and cops everywhere.” When he found out it was a drill he freaked out students were crying! and teachers were outraged! When I got to the school myself freaking out as well, I was told it was a private drill and no one was made aware of it but those involved, I had words with the Principal. This is an outrage students were traumatized and I know I am as well!”
Do you think it was appropriate to stage a drill without informing anyone? Maybe the next time it will be real and no one will take it seriously?