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Parent petitions Hartselle shooter drill

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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Hartselle School Board is looking into the idea of a live school shooting drill at Burleson Elementary, but not everyone is on board.

One parent has started a petition to prevent that drill from ever taking place.

If the drill were to happen, it would involve Hartselle Police and Hartselle Fire Departments simulating a situation where an armed intruder entered campus.

The drill would be during school hours with the children present.

The superintendent said the drill would help them improve emergency plans.

Dondi Johnson, mother of a first grader at Burleson, created a petition online to prevent the drill. She said the simulation of a live shooter in the school would be mentally detrimental to elementary aged kids.

Hundreds of people have already signed the petition. Many of the signees said a drill is a good idea but something like a lockdown scenario would be sufficient. There's no need for a live shooter situation.

Johnson plans to present the petition at the February 11th Board of Education meeting, where members are set to vote on the idea.

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