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Mock Drill Provides Needed Feedback
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Emergency personnel swarmed Burley High School today for a mock drill. But even though it was just practice, it felt real to many of the participants.
Cassia County Sheriff's deputies and emergency personnel from the fire department to Idaho State Police were on the scene.
They were responding to a mock emergency with an irate parent who refused to leave Burley High School.
Dr. Carolyn Hondo, Principal of Burley High School, says, “Her student go a bad grade in Chemistry, failed Chemistry, she wants to talk to the Chemistry teacher and no one else. She refused to leave, then went inside the chemistry lab and was breaking things. Of course, this is an exercise.”
Natalie Lahti of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security played the part of the disgruntled parent. She refused to leave the school, and was burned by chemicals in the chemistry lab. Emergency personnel transferred her to an ambulance. Don't worry, her "burns" were only makeup.
Lahti says, “Well, I'll just wait here until someone comes. If someone can't come, what would you like to do? I said I'll just wait here. What would you do if no one came? Well, I'd just cause some trouble. At that point she left and called 911.”
Hondo says, “It makes it feel real, even though you know it isn't up here, in here it's very real.”
The goal of the exercise is to keep the 900 people who are at the school on a daily basis safe in the event of a real emergency. The lessons learned today in Burley will help keep school kids all over Idaho safe.
Aug. 21, 2013.