HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) — One week ago, a proposal was made to the Hartselle City School Board to hold a simulated gunman drill at one of the district’s elementary schools.
One mother was outraged at the proposal and is doing all she can to make sure the drill doesn’t happen. Dondi Johnson created a petition on Change.org less than 24 hours after hearing about the proposal.
“I’ve put my heart and soul into this,” says Johnson. “I know I’m not the only one that feels this way and I think it needs to be heard with the school board.”:
Johnson has a 1st grader at F.E. Burleson Elementary School and says she doesn’t want her daughter to be exposed to a live-shooter drill at her school. She hopes that the school board will come up with another option for improving school safety.
“There’s got to be a better way, rather than having this drill and having the kids go to school everyday in fear,” says Johnson. “They will be wondering when a gunman is going to show up at their school everyday, and we need to instill safety in our kids, not fear.”
The school system issues a statement last week following the drill proposal saying that the board has no made a final decision on the issue. Superintendent Dr. Mike Reed says the committee is looking at several options to help increase safety and that the board is simply trying to create the safest possible environment for it’s students.
If you would like to view Hartselle City School’s statement on the proposals, click here.