Group criticizes mock Iowa school shooting drill

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 7:18 PM
Group criticizes mock Iowa school shooting drill

An anti-illegal immigration group in Iowa is criticizing a mock school shooting training drill that includes a fake scenario involving a teen who vents his anger over illegal immigration by using violence.

The four-hour exercise is scheduled for Saturday at Treynor High School in western Iowa and includes police, firefighters and hospitals. Officials say the drill's fake scenario would involve a teen who has ties to a white supremacist group and is angry with illegal immigration.

State director of the Iowa Minutemen Robert Ussery says the drill's scenario is in poor taste and has a political agenda.

But the drill's director Doug Reed said Thursday that the scenario is "completely fictitious" and the immigration issue was incorporated to get Homeland Security funds to cover the costs of the training exercise.