Officer points gun at kids
District: He did not know they were acting in shooter drill
A Baytown DARE officer briefly pointed his gun at two high school theater students who were acting as a gunman and hostage during an emergency lockdown drill on the Clark Elementary campus Wednesday, according to officials with Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.
The officer lowered his weapon “almost immediately” when he realized it was a drill, district spokeswoman Beth Dombrowa said. No one was harmed during the seconds-long incident, she added.
“He’s a police officer,” she said. “He did what he was supposed to do.”
She said the officer was on campus that day to teach a class. He wasn’t aware of the scheduled emergency drill when he heard on the intercom that the campus was being placed on lockdown. He responded like any officer would, she said.
The male and female high school students acted out the hostage scenario in the hallway of Clark Elementary as students locked themselves in their classrooms, she said. The student “gunman” was carrying a blue wooden replica handgun, but the officer couldn’t see the fake gun at the time, Dombrowa said.
She said the district got permission from student actors’ parents before the drill. The district also posted notices of the drill on its website, ran the notice in the Baytown Sun and sent letters home to parents, she said.
She said this was at least the second year the district has hosted the emergency drills, and there may be additional steps taken in the future to prevent any confusion.
“I suspect there will be some changes that come out of this,” she said, later adding, “We learn something every time we do a drill, and that’s the purpose for doing them.”