This time in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Ortiz Middle School. In this case, the story gets news coverage because these are not kids with disabilities and they can let people know. Also because the schools department didn’t hide it from parents afterwards. All kids here in Horan School have disabilities, including those that prevent them from sharing these events.
Unlike NYC, where the regulations require these not be secret, reporters say that secrecy is up to principals in New Mexico. Can we confirm this? Though, school officials say they the principal should have at least called 911 dispatch or the police to let them know. She didn’t.
“The not knowing is more traumatizing than if they knew what was happening.” – Louise Long, Family Therapist
“…someone didn’t think what the repercussions would be.”
“…kids recorded good bye messages to their parents on their cell phones.”
“In every situation when you’re doing a drill, particularly around sensative and safety issues you want to make sure the parents know in advance.” – Hanna Skandera, Education Secretary Designee
Shamefully, the report quotes the school’s safety direction saying that the students shouldn’t have been using cell phones in school. You see, had they listened to the school’s rules about cell phones, the parents wouldn’t have been frightened. Yet, this response ignores completely the assault on these children.
“Tell everybody across the board, this is a drill, and this is how we’ll behave when and if it becomes real.” – New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
More from Gabe Romero, Director of Safety and Security for Santa Fe Public Schools, actually defending the abuse of these children and promising more. Blaming the hysteria on students for texting their parents?