Ooh, that could turn out VERY badly....
Apparently, Elizabeth City State University decided to do an emergency response drill.
With students acting as unwitting participants.
A security officer comes in waving a gun, and holds a class hostage.
No, no! It's okay-- the gun is fake.
No, it's FINE-- the students were notified... by email... a week in advance.
Here's the problem. The universities spam your email address.
*I* am enrolled at a university, and they have an alternate email address of mine. I say "alternate," because they constantly send me updates about lectures, concernts, art exhibits, traffic updates, famous alumni, etc. I check it about once a week, to clear out the crap.
If you send me an email on Wednesday that a drill will be conducted during classes in the upcoming week, then the actual drill might look like this on a Monday class:
Professor: [Lecturing] "...so you'll want to keep your dive mask clear as you interlace the reeds...."
College Security plainclothesman walks in pointing a gun at the professor: "I'm gonna shoot you! Get down on the ground!"
Me: Bang, Bang.
Professor: "Oh my Gawd! Don't you check your email?"
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Interestingly, they used red guns, but still convinced people that they were going to die.
Well, given the odd colors that guns come in, one might believe....
But I think that you could wave a stapler around, telling people that you were going to shoot them with it, and people would believe you. It's about attitude, and aggression.
Reckless of them to do.
H/T to Breda.