Active Shooter

If a parent has concerns about the safety of a school, there are many ways to wisely address those issues.

The following incident from Texas is not one of those ways:

Just as students were arriving to Celina Elementary School yesterday morning, one father made his way into the front office telling staff members they were dead because he was a gunman.

Officials say Ron Miller conducted his own "active-shooter" drill to test a school's security.

Officials said Ron Miller, who did not have a weapon, told staff he was testing the district’s security at his child’s school and wanted to expose weaknesses.


Miller, 44, was arrested Wednesday evening on third-degree felony charges of making terroristic threats and held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Superintendent Donny O’Dell said school staffers were shaken and upset.

“He went up to one particular greeter — and of course he is someone they know and have seen — and he basically said, ‘I’m a gunman and my target is on the inside, and you’re not going to stop me.’ Then he went to the main office and told the ladies there that each one of them was dead because he was a shooter.”

O’Dell said Miller explained to them that he was trying to see how safe the school’s security was...

I remember flying cross-country after 911, and every time someone got out of their seat to stretch or go to the bathroom, many of the other passengers nervously watched them; waiting to intervene.

On other flights at that time, more than one tipsy traveler joking about safety and sauntering around a plane found themselves tackled by other passengers and being restrained to their seat.

Understandably and in the same light, people around schools are on edge.

I am just surprised, after Mr. Miller allegedly acted in this manner, that he was not greeted with a brachial stun; an effective technique that can be viewed here.

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I hope everyone has a super weekend.

27 comments:

LD Masterson said...

Why I can appreciate the man's intentions, his actions were inexcusable and stupid.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

OH MY WORD! This is appalling. How stupid!

And yet, he proved his point... no one stopped him....

Quchnie said...

Dobrze powiedziane!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sorry, but that's a really jerky thing to do.

Miranda Hardy said...

Well, I'm not surprised. It's amazing what some people will do without thinking through things.

Rachna Chhabria said...

That was a stupid thing to do. It would have scared everyone.

Pat Hatt said...

Well a moron award could come due for him too. What an idiot thing to do.

lisa said...

I suppose on some level, he had good intentions. Maybe someone should have tasered him. That would probably have shut him up.

Stephanie D said...

Shakes head,
walks away...
I've got nothing to say.

messymimi said...

Some people's parents.

Janet Johnson said...

Okay, wow. Just what did he think he was trying to prove? That poor school. I understand his fears, but common sense comes in handy. Yeesh.

A Cuban In London said...

I'm surprised the other parents didn't gang up on him. That was quite reckless what he did.

Greetings from London.

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh, dear...he's passed on those genes, too.

BobKat said...

Ron Miller... not guilty of a crime, not insane... guilty of being a human beings distressed by recent events!

Holly Lefevre said...

Wow...this story leads to so many interesting discussions about parent reactions, school safety, responsibility, and good judgement...who is their right minds at this time of heightened sensitivity thinks this is a good idea.

terri said...

Clearly he didn't think this one through. I wonder why he thought this "test" would be more enlightening than a simple discussion of his concerns.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I think that the stupidest reactions to the Connecticut school shooting and the renewal of a decade's old assault weapons ban has come from Utah and Texas. I'm just waiting for a crackpot from Idaho to step up and join the national news to declare a trifecta of IQ80

Arlee Bird said...

The stupidity of some people defies comprehension. This guy needs to be charged for being an idiot.

Lee
Wrote By Rote

Langley Cornwell said...

Wow, what a hair-brained thing to do. But I guess he proved his point, sadly.

JoeTheMom said...

I was surprised when my son's elementary school did not send home any information about safety following the Sandy Hook tragedy. I emailed the principal and she graciously provided all the information I wanted. It's up on my blog http://www.joethemom.blogspot.com/2012/12/school-safety.html

Luisa Doraz said...

If he would have cleared his actions first with the District office and the Principal was aawre of what was going to happen, maybe it would promote awareness. Just thinking.

Beth Zimmerman said...

That was stupid! I understand his thinking but that was certainly NOT the way, nor was he the right party, to be testing that.

Stephen Tremp said...

Love that clip! Classic! Guy got what he had coming to him. Wish the same thing happened to Mr. Miller.

Lavinia said...

Either he was joking or testing security, the whole thing was very inappropriate, considering the recent events.

Zuzana said...

Yes, it is so sad that now we have to be suspicious about everything.
I recall when I went to school, being shot was not something I ever considered. Schools were safe places, except for risking bad grades.;)
Thank you for stopping by my place recently, nice to see you back.;)
xoxo

Secret Agent Woman said...

What an idiot - how did he know there was no one there who was armed and might take him out?

Jen said...

That's an especially dumb move in Texas. He's lucky he didn't get shot. You don't joke about that. After what happened today he's not likely to get any sympathy from anyone.