WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (WOIO) - A Pennsylvania school district released a statement on Wednesday after video surfaced showing a participant in an active shooter drill wearing a costume that appeared to include a Middle Eastern headdress.
Officials from the Penn-Trafford School District stated that “there was no intent to represent any particular culture or religion” during the active shooter exercise conducted on Jan. 21, 2019.
The school district partnered with area law enforcement and contracted an active shooter consulting company to take part in the drill.
“As a part of the drill, two teacher volunteers with experience handling firearms, were tasked with the role as active shooters. These volunteers were provided costumes and accessories by the consultant group to alter their appearance so that they were not readily recognizable by their co-workers,” according to a statement posted to the school district’s website.
The costume in question included an individual wearing a blonde wig, tactical mask, and a scarf tied around his head like a kaffiyeh, similar to Arab or Muslim custom.
The school’s audio and visual department posted a video of the exercise that was not meant to be seen to the public on Youtube without permission, according to district officials. That is when the community questioned the intent of the safety exercise.
Social media users are reacting on Twitter to the school’s drill.
Penn-Trafford School District is located southeast of Pittsburgh.