Ever-Present Terror: School Has Bus Hijacking Drill, Doesn’t Tell Students

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A SWAT training exercise that took place in Rossford, Ohio, last week appears to be just the latest example of the state working to familiarize American citizens with terror and heavy-handed police-state response.

Students on a bus en route to a local school were terrified when a man stood up and proceeded to hijack the vehicle. The hijacker, carrying what appeared to be a functional firearm, tied up some of the students and told them to keep their heads down.

The bus was rerouted to a local emergency management facility where it was stormed by first responders and SWAT teams.

“Every driver, administrator will take something away from this saying that this could actually happen on my bus. That’s what our focus was. This could happen on any bus,” Jeff Culler, Rossford Schools transportation director, told a local ABC affiliate.

While preparedness is always a good policy, there was one disturbing element to the drill: The students onboard the bus had no idea that they weren’t in real danger — even though the drill had been planned since May.

Via 13 ABC:

This isn’t the first unannounced drill to take place in a school.

Personal Liberty’s Ben Bullard reported in May:

Teachers at an Oregon school thought they and their colleagues had been shot by masked gunmen who stormed a faculty meeting and began randomly firing at people. Amid the shock and noise and adrenalin, teachers had to look down at their own bodies in order to realize they weren’t bleeding.

They weren’t bleeding because the shooters were firing blanks, and — ho, ho — the whole thing had just been a preparedness exercise. The two guys with the guns, wearing hoodies and masks, were school staff members acting on the instruction of principal Cammie DeCastro. …

… The shock-and-awe invasion of a room full of 15 teachers produced both hypothetical casualties and real outrage. DeCastro said most of the teachers wouldn’t have survived the ordeal, had live rounds been used — a fact intended to emphasize the importance of active shooter training the school’s faculty had previously received from the county sheriff’s office.

Is this the new norm for American students?

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • peter

    What exactly did that exercise achieve? If the situation were real, what would the students and teachers have done differently. They would still have been shot and wet themselves, so I cannot see the point. Can someone please explain how this behaviour is of any help to the hostages. Scaring the @%#t out of kids and teachers is not my idea of dealing with any issue, especially this one.

    • steve

      it’s time for major law suits. what if one of the kids had a heart attack?etc.etc

    • marylou

      You don’t get it! You are giving up your freedom without a whisper!
      It’s about controlling society under the guise of making you safe.

      You/we allow TSA to grope you and your children.
      You/we allow ‘high jackers’ to TIE up your children….are we crazy?
      You allow people to ‘shoot’ with impunity at teachers..for what, safety?

      We allow NSA to monitor all our private conversations/ correspondence,to keep you safe…really….really?

      WHERE IS THE NATIONAL OUTRAGE?
      They are taking your freedom away one step at a time and the dunces are not only allowing it but participating…. without a whimper!

  • XCOP

    This is just the start of things to come.HLS is practicing on unannounced drills.
    So when th government makes its move on he general public, it will com from every wher all at once.. Heads up people.

    • Phillip Maine

      wrong in one aspect. If we get use to them doing it, most of us will think it is a drill until it is too late to stop them.

      • ‘Barbara Messmer

        Solution is to pack heat and anytime an unannounced “drill” takes place, shoot the terrorist/thug. They lose a few people and the rest of them won’t want to be next.

        • Phillip Maine

          I Like your solution! but remember, except for the MO Ozarks where the kids bring loaded rifles to school on school buses and hung on the back windshield of their pickups, all schools and school buses are no gun zones. If you shoot in self defense they will arrest you for having a gun.

          • Jack Savage

            I would rather be judged by 12, than laid to rest by six. And I teach my kids this.

  • Jen

    What will happen one of these fools gets killed for pulling this kind of stunt ?

    • marylou

      I’m not worried about the “fool” but the innocents in harm’s way!

      • Phillip Maine

        If you have not raised this issue with your reps and get in their faces as I have, you are the fool. There is NO innocents. When a drone kills an Al Qaeda operative in a house, everyone in the house knows he is an operative, and being there says they are not innocents. My father served in WWII and said he never met a Jap that was not a combatant. He served on Saipan where women and children tried to kill soldiers. When the gov comes in to take the guns your family will not be innocents. Lets stop this idea. However running a drill on unsuspecting civilians, like they did in Boston, is just plain wrong. PS the two supposed bombers had met with and trained with the NSA before the incident.

        • marylou

          As an activist for children, I do what is necessary and speak plainly to those who need to hear it, when they do not act in he best interest of children.

          Government is running amok in the school systems, concentrating,…..
          1. Not on basic education
          2.on social issues that do not include a morality component,.
          3. rewriting American history
          4.chipping students etc etc etc.
          5. on sexuality rather than math and science

          If you want to control society, you start with the children!

  • Bob

    This is school time for the conductors of emergency management and first responders and SWAT teams, so they can tweak for FEMA their control patterns that are gearing up with this information of body control as well mind control being used on we their Guinea pigs

    • marylou

      Congratulations…you get it!
      It’s CONTROL CONTROL CONTROL to sensitize society into believing
      that we MUST do what Government/schools etc say…doesn’t matter how bizarre Just shut up, do what you are told like good little sheep…that’s what happened to the JEWS in Nazi Germany.

  • TheTruthHurtsAsWell

    ….wonder who would be responsible if someone fell & broke a bone or died of a heart attack…

  • TheTruthHurtsAsWell

    ….wonder who would be responsible if someone fell & broke a bone or died of a heart attack…

  • JJ_Swiontek

    And what would have happened if any of the kids decided to follow the governments advice to “flee if possible; fight (with improvised weapons) if trapped”. Imagine a half-dozen high school students jumping the ‘hijacker’ (who was really a cop in disguise). I can see the headline, “Cop kills 5 students; Wounds 14 more in Hijack drill”.
    Who EXACTLY was the IDIOT in charge of this cluster %^&.

    • vicki

      Or opposite headline
      “Police officer dead after attack by 6-12 high school students”

      No mention of drill in headline

  • Dave

    The psychological impact that this crap could take on these people.( Biggest concern for the kids0 Could be really bad. And, as someone mentioned. Someone could of had a heart attack. Or, the fact. The law has already passed in Ohio that teachers can carry. What would of happened if a teacher would of opened fire? Wow. Does anyone have common sense anymore?

  • JimH

    There is no way a hijacker could unknowingly be hiding in the back of a school bus.
    Every morning the driver does a pre-trip inspection, before they leave the lot.
    They inspect the bus, inside and out.
    The driver is right by the entrance to the bus and knows who has entered.
    The emergency exit door has an alarm that goes off if the door is opened.
    The attacker would have to force their way on, during the route.
    As a special needs driver(yes I drive the short bus), I find the potential for something going very wrong, out weighs, the benefit this exercise would have.
    Scaring the living daylights out of children isn’t “training”.

    • marylou

      Scaring children is unacceptable. What if they tied to jumped out a window and got hurt.
      What if they opened the Emergency door to get away and got hurt!
      Totally outrageous “drill” that taught no one anything!

      I agree with the protocol drivers are ‘supposed’ to follow…we all know how many don’t!
      That’s what bus drivers are supposed to do!
      Sorry, but there are too many children inadvertently left on buses parked in the bus parking lots for me to trust your “take” on his!

      • JimH

        Unless the driver was in on it, someone should ask why he didn’t do his whole pre-trip inspection.
        In the whole time children have been riding a school bus, in every school district in the country, just how many children have been left on a bus?
        As a driver, who takes being responsible for the safety of other peoples children very seriously, I believe that 99.99999% of the drivers do a good job.
        You always hear about the major screw up.
        Everyone got home safe and sound isn’t news.
        I’m sorry you can’t trust the person who does this for a living “take” on this.

        • marylou

          I agree with you. In my experience the vast majority of school bus drivers are white winged saints!
          BUT..and there is always a but,…. I’ve have a few seriously misfit dolts……!

          There is no, absolutely no, excuse for a bus driver who does not follow the rules and leaves a child on a bus, especially if it is your child that was traumatized!

          Or a pedophile driver who abuses mentally challenged children. That, imho, deserves prosecution for child endangerment for the driver and anyone involved in hiring him!

          It happens frequently, more in the big cities because many bus companies don’t screen well if they need a ‘body’ to drive a bus or lose their lucrative contract! Bus drivers are the same microcosm of the rest of society! C’mon, you know that as well as I do!

          Fortunately I live in a rural community now, where EVERY child is bussed to school K-12. The parents and kids KNOW their bus drivers and know they can be trusted. And you’d best not forget to tell your driver if your “wee” child won’t be riding home …ours has all the parents cell phones and you’ll get a ‘worry call’ and a tongue lashing!

          So, please chill, and know that I trust those who have earned and deserve my trust. They get it regardless of what they do for a living. The rest…not so much and with good reason! No one has the right to ‘play games’ with my child’s psyche and safety without my permission, ever!

          • JimH

            Your right, Some drivers, and companies do take short cuts.
            As far as pedophiles go. all drivers are fingerprinted and the fingerprints go to the state police.

            A pedophile that hasn’t been caught can get through, but more is being done than the average parent is aware of.(I was vetted more thoroughly to be a part time shool bus driver than Obama was to be POTUS)

            Even the aids for the special needs routes are back ground checked.
            When you realize Millions of children are transported by school bus daily, there are few problems.

          • marylou

            If ONE child becomes a victim on his/her way to school, it is one child too many when it is your child!

            Do you get that? It gets very personal!

            Statistics don’t mean spit to any parents when their child comes to harm from those paid to protect them and deemed safe and trustworthy.

            I’m not a fool. I know nothing in life is perfect, but setting up a faux highjacking on a school bus is pure insanity.

            It does not take into consideration using children as guinea pigs or the the fear instilled in children in order to test the ability of adults to cope and do their job when push comes to shove! You must not be a parent if you don’t get that!

          • JimH

            I don’t understand how you ever got the idea that I ever thought that what these officials did is OK.
            As someone who is responsible for the safety of other peoples special needs children, I FULLY understand that statistics don’t mean anything to the families that the bad things happen too.
            One child is one child to many, YES, I get it, I,m not an idiot.
            Just don’t judge the 99.999999% of us by the actions of a very few ones that remind us life isn’t perfect. Do you get that?
            Don’t disregard my “take” on it because of someone else ineptness.
            When you consider millions of students are transported every day, sometimes through snow storms and other inclimate weather. Without any problems, I find your snide remarks, from someone who obviously hasn’t ever done the job, insulting.
            To expect perfection is unreasonable. If you look at a nation wide record I would say try to do better.(we try to do better every day)

          • marylou

            Below are my quotes:

            “I agree with you. In my experience the vast majority of school bus drivers are white winged saints!”

            “I know nothing in life is perfect….”

            “Bus drivers are the same microcosm as the rest of society!”

            We are on the same page regarding needlessly exposing, or putting children in harm’s way for a training exercise, or whatever they choose to name it!

            That was my point and my apologies if that offended you.
            That was never my intent.

          • JimH

            I’m sorry if I misunderstood.
            It was the way you worded some of the rest of your statements,like not “trusting” my “take” on this.
            Asking me if I “get this”.
            It could cause a misunderstanding.

          • marylou

            Messages quite often get garbled/misunderstood and my “you”s are usually meant as “universal you”s…but since you can’t read my mind…mea culpa…my sincere apology.

            My rage emanates from direct/indirect involvement with the children and families, in the Boston area, with three different incidences of the child victims of three different sexual predator school bus drivers.

            The mothers cry hysterically and vomit, the fathers sob uncontrollably that someone defiled their child and took their innocence. It’s something that you never forget.

            The drivers all had previous incidences but slipped through the cracks because of sloppy/no/ or inadequate clearance procedures!

            It happens more frequently than everyone knows because it is in the interest of the child that publicity be kept at a minimum, when possible. That has its pluses and minuses but as a mother, I encourage privacy. The child and his family doesn’t need further victimization.

            The subject of putting children in harm’s way for whatever reason really pushes my buttons. I know you agree that one child in a million is one too many, statistics and percentages of success, notwithstanding.

          • marylou

            FYI: The Boston Marathon was another “training exercise scam” on American citizens being used as guinea pigs without their permission….by “officials” violating the Constitutional right of every citizen.

            Every Boston Marathon participant and viewer was a pawn of official arrogance and deceit..

            I think we can conclude the exercise was an epic fail considering the tragic outcome, while they conducted their so called “drill”!

          • JimH

            I don’t understand how you ever got the idea that I ever thought that what these officials did is OK.
            As someone who is responsible for the safety of other peoples special needs children, I FULLY understand that statistics don’t mean anything to the families that the bad things happen too.
            One child is one child to many, YES, I get it, I,m not an idiot.
            Just don’t judge the 99.999999% of us by the actions of a very few ones that remind us life isn’t perfect. Do you get that?
            Don’t disregard my “take” on it because of someone else ineptness.
            When you consider millions of students are transported every day, sometimes through snow storms and other inclimate weather. Without any problems, I find your snide remarks, from someone who obviously hasn’t ever done the job, insulting.
            To expect perfection is unreasonable. If you look at a nation wide record I would say try to do better.(we try to do better every day)

          • Bill_Randal

            .”(I was vetted more thoroughly to be a part time shool bus driver than Obama was to be POTUS)”
            That’s not hard! He wasn’t vetted AT ALL!!!!

          • JimH

            Your right, Some drivers, and companies do take short cuts.
            As far as pedophiles go. all drivers are fingerprinted and the fingerprints go to the state police.

            A pedophile that hasn’t been caught can get through, but more is being done than the average parent is aware of.(I was vetted more thoroughly to be a part time shool bus driver than Obama was to be POTUS)

            Even the aids for the special needs routes are back ground checked.
            When you realize Millions of children are transported by school bus daily, there are few problems.

    • rocketride

      Better to drive it than to ride it (as so many on here obviously do).

  • JLouisK

    I would have loved to see the the plan backfire!

    • marylou

      I agree….. except the danger to the students could have been profound!

    • Vis Fac

      I wouldn’t want to imagine I know what I am capable of and I know I am not alone. Liberals NEVER think of any consequences they merely see things one dimensionally. When thing go bad blame someone else!

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

  • marylou

    I’m amazed at the lack of parental outrage! We are becoming a nation of cowards!
    People who let anyone do whatever they wish to themselves and their children and accept it are doomed to enslavement by those who call it “security”!

    Should an off duty police officer had happened along and believed a highjacking was in progress, we may have had a very dead “hijacker! Outrageous behavior to intimidate and turn our young people
    into a fearful cowering society that doesn’t feel safe anywhere.

    I would strangle with my own hands anyone who tied up my child regardless of the reason…that’s assault!
    What would they have done if a child resisted…manhandled the child?

    • Vis Fac

      APATHY is the word of the day as long as it doesn’t concern or effect me why should I care mentality
      I would have done considerably more to ANYONE assaulting any of my children up to and including deadly force. You don’t mess with my family or anyone if I”m around period

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

  • jag

    It would have served them right if one of those kids was packin and shot those bastards, no excuse to USE THE PAWNS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT, THIS SHOULD MAKE THEM BELIEVEIN THE NARCOTERRORIST THAT WE HAVE IN THE DUSGUISE OF LAWMEN,REMEMBER, WE LIVE WITH THE GUISE OF freedom……mexicans have more freedom than we! Too much kool aid in that town…..anybody want to move there..its REALLY SAFE!!!!!!!

  • rocketride

    Have there been any lawsuits initiated? If not, why the f–k not?

  • vicki

    Criminal misuse of authority to not tell the children IN ADVANCE. Just imagine how the law would treat you if you did something like this.

    It is however an effective way to instill post traumatic stress disorder into a bunch of kids.

  • Alan

    Just more conditioning of the masses, preparation for the burgeoning police state. We should all have something to say when they perpetrate these sort of callous tactics, especially on our children. Personally, I’d have been one vocal SOB if these a**holes had tormented my child in such fashion. Talk about ‘fear-mongering”.

    • damn pigs

      You’re right to be angry, as am I. However, your being “vocal” would quickly come to an end when you got Tasered and arrested for “obstructing justice” and hauled off to jail. This so-called police department is out of control, and whoever dreamed up this game should be FIRED immediately.

  • Alan

    Just more conditioning of the masses, preparation for the burgeoning police state. We should all have something to say when they perpetrate these sort of callous tactics, especially on our children. Personally, I’d have been one vocal SOB if these a**holes had tormented my child in such fashion. Talk about ‘fear-mongering”.

  • Michael Shreve

    To government, WE THE PEOPLE are merely LAB RATS.

    • Bill_Randal

      Yep… ‘Shut up and PAY YOUR TAXES!!!!’ Time (past time) to get rid of what is called ‘government’, an replace it with what the Constitution calls for. (Natural born President, get rid of carreer politicians, get us an honest money supply, ETC.)

  • Justin Hogan

    Wow! they must like getting sued. What if the students fought back, killing the “terrorist”? Do they go to jail? I know plenty of students that would have taken them out.

  • IsThisAmerica

    Does anyone believe we still live in a free republic.

  • Dr Moon

    How stupid can they be. If I’d been anywhere near, there probably would be a few dead people.

  • vicki

    According to this source http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/swat-team-performs-realistic-hijacking-drill-on-school-bus-filled-with-children/#comment-284 the children did know that “something” was planned. They even signed waivers.

    More interesting to PL would be the array of videos on the right covering other incidents of police “mistakes”

    Also if you listen VERY carefully to what one of the students in the video in the OP says, you get a hint that they did know there would be an “event” but there is always that little doubt. What if a “real” hijacker took over the bus? The children did NOT know what the event was to be. This kind of cognitive dissonance is not good to do to people of any age.

  • Bill_Randal

    Someone aboard the bus should have nailed this guy. Tropuble with that is that some Ahole judge woud insist that the kid knew, or should have known that it was a ‘test’. Then he would be sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for killing a ‘police officer’.
    The premmis is bogus here, anyhow. After a week, the driver knows who belongs on his bus and who does not. That guy would never have gotten ON the bus.
    How come all of the kids were in ‘cuffs’?