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Is TPS going too far with intruder drills?

A Thoreau parent is furious at school officials for not letting students and staff know that an intruder-on-campus drill was just a drill until after it was over. (Clemmer/KTUL)

The quote on the Thoreau marquee is, "This world is but a canvas to our imagination," and on Thursday, Thoreau school officials allowed the imaginations of students and staff to run horrifyingly wild.

"When your child is literally bawling into your arms, shaking... I just got back from vacation; this was not how I wanted to greet my child, and you shouldn't have to," said parent Anita Keslter.

Her eighth grade son thought the intruder-on-campus drill was the real deal because no one said it was a drill until after it was over.

"If it's a drill, you address it as a drill," she said.

TPS told Tulsa's Channel 8: "It is important that we practice drills in 'real world' settings, so they are not announced in advance. Principal Doctor, in accordance with our practice, announced that it was a drill after it ended."

"If you want them to act appropriately, you don't scare the s*** out of them," said Kestler.

If the concern is that some kids won't take the drills seriously, says Kestler, deal with those specific children individually.

"Mine should not be traumatized because yours cannot act correctly and follow directions," she said.

The school was preparing for the worst, and doing so, from at least one mom's perspective, in the worst possible way.

"Traumatizing? I mean, honestly, it is. The way things have been going, you can't do an intruder-on-campus drill when you have had the cops to your campus multiple times and not tell me you're not going to frighten the children," she said.

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