EMERGENCY EXERCISE CANCELLED DUE TO THREATS
(TREYNOR) The “active shooter” exercise planned for this weekend at the Treynor School has been cancelled after the Treynor School system received threats to their employees and buildings.
A press release from the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency says after consultation with the Treynor School District and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office they have jointly decided to cancel the exercise due to the threats which they must consider viable. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department is now actively investigating the threats.
Emergency Management officials say it is astounding that people claiming to be “patriots” would be opposed to emergency response agencies drilling to be prepared for any threat. The scenario building narrative was meant only to meet the Department of Homeland Security requirement to qualify for HSGP grant funds. Officials say in no way has their office or any of the other response agencies favored a political view or issue. Their only intent was to prepare for a worst case scenario to build their capacity for such an event and to test and gaps in their response system.
Jeff Theulen, Coordinator of the Emergency Management Agency was quoted in the release saying, “I apologize to the true patriots who have endured profane laced telephone calls, threats, and generally had their operations disrupted over this event.”
The exercise was supposed to involve a fake shooting at the school by a teenager with ties to a white supremacist group. The shooter was supposed to be taking out his frustrations with illegal immigrations by using violence. Robert Ussery of the Iowa Minutemen said the drill made people who want immigration law enforcement look like criminals.
Emergency Management officials say the countless fire departments, law enforcement responders, school systems, and their non-government partners were never intended to be the victim of any of this criticism.