The news you're not supposed to know...

Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted Feb 04 2013, 2:49 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Prof. James F. Tracy Print

Four Days after Sandy Hook Tragedy: Live Shooter Drill Hoax in East Harlem, on Nation's "Most Vulnerable" School Children

By Prof. James F. Tracy

On the morning of December 18, 2012 administrators at New York City Public School 79 (the Horan School) in East Harlem conducted an entirely unannounced "active shooter drill." The event, which took place just four days after the high profile Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut, terrified the school's 300 special needs adolescent and young adult students and the 100 teaching and counseling staff members. Ranging in age from 12 to 21, Horan's largely Hispanic student body contends with an array of mental and emotional disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy.

Coming less than one week after the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Horan School hoax drill has left many students and staff members severely traumatized and seeking accountability from administrators. With the exception of a pithy article in the New York Times[1] and a subsequent piece in the online opinion outlet Daily Kos,[2] the story has been exempted from the news cycle in the wake of the exhaustive yet often baffling coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg busied himself with calls for tightened gun control measures, no press conferences were held to either condemn the public school's management or further scrutinize the rationales behind such drills.

"The lockdown drill began about 10 a.m. on Tuesday," the Times reports,
with a woman's voice on the school's loudspeaker saying, "'Shooter,' or 'intruder,' and 'get out, get out, lockdown,'" said [a] staff member, who added that it seemed so realistic that it was hard to tell if the woman speaking was actually talking to a gunman or to teachers and students throughout the school.[3], an advocacy organization of Horan School's teachers, parents, community members and concerned professionals, has been established to demand accountability from the P.S. 79 administrators who planned the event. "Due to age. race, income, language, immigration, geography, and disability," Horanwatch states, "the public school kids of New York Cityís PS 79 are the most vulnerable in the nation." The affiliation notes that Horan teachers and staff have been retaliated against and warned by administration not to speak publicly about the event.[4]

The group's account is more detailed and contrasts with the Times' fleeting glimpse of the incident. calls the event an "intricate hoax," with news of the phantom shooter circulated "in the most dramatic way possible through every intercom in the building, 'Shooter/Intruder in the building, oh my God!"

Staff and students were then whipsawed through "contrary messages of 'Get out' and 'Lock down.'" As the school's occupants "fell to the floor shaking, in prayer, or with their bodies in order to cover immobile students and friends," some even phoned loved ones to utter what might be a final goodbye. While students crouched in fear Horan administrators reportedly sent security officers into the hallways to push against classroom doors as terrified teachers struggled to keep the doors shut.[5]

The questions remains: Why would major news media virtually censor an event where hundreds of especially helpless individuals were needlessly terrorized by supervisors who took it upon themselves to create an "active shooter" scenario? Where were the convoys of satellite trucks and slick broadcast journalists interviewing the traumatized victims? Why weren't cable news talk shows abuzz with pundits decrying the needless drill and defending the underprivileged children and teachers?

The simple answers are that 1) Horan's students are poor disabled minorities--a constituency that is politically powerless, and, 2) no one was injured or killed. These are both plausible explanations for the media blackout. Still, such an event being played up in the immediate wake of the December 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting may have also prompted large swaths of a grieving nation to more critically reflect on both the news media's often confusing and contradictory representation of the tragedy and America's growing police state.

Alongside a dearth of publicly available evidence and an ensuing investigation into Sandy Hook that authorities maintain was carried out by a single estranged young man, the Obama administration and its Congressional allies have proceeded to move forward on far-reaching gun control and mental health-related diktats and legislation as if the investigation itself was entirely consistent and transparent.

While Harlan exemplifies the undue excesses of domestic security measures, the Sandy Hook massacre has provided the pretext for increased statist measures with the express goal of heightened safety and security. Public schools do require safety measures to contend with dangerous situations and episodes. Yet imposing terrifying manufactured events such as "live shooter drills" on society's most vulnerable members--our children--points to an intensifying police state in America where fear vis-à-vis militarized surveillance and control are being gradually instituted under the guise of "safety" to reconstitute normal forms of expectation and existence.


[1] Al Baker and Alex Vadukul, "Lockdown Drill Surprises Some, Scaring a School in East Harlem," New York Times, December 19, 2012.

[2] "NYC School Stages Hoax School Shooting on 300 Special Ed Kids," Daily Kos, December 27, 2012.

[3] Baker and Vadukul, "Lockdown Drill Surprises Some."

[4] "An Open Letter to NYC School Principal Greer Phillips,", January 19, 2013.

[5] "An Open Letter to NYC School Principal Greer Phillips."

Latest Tyranny/Police State
- New Photos Show Chicago Cops On Burger King CPU Where Laquan McDonald Shooting Footage 'Disappeared'
- After Video Surfaces, Innocent Man Is Exonerated For Assault On An Officer, Cop Pleads Guilty
- $500k Settlement Reached After Cops "Smash Man's Face Into Concrete"
- VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Rams His SUV Into Man's Car For Trying To Hold Him Accountable For Reckless Driving
- Two Brave Cops Under Attack For Exposing Militarization and Corruption in Their Department
- Police Brutality Victim Mysteriously Killed a Day Before Receiving $450k Settlement
- LA to Scan All Cars, Publicly Shame Anyone Who Drives Through a 'Prostitution Area'
- Watch Cop Lie as He Acts Out What Happened When He Executed a Teen Contained On a Bus

Comments 1 - 4 of 4 Add Comment Page 1 of 1

Posted: Feb 04 2013, 3:01 AM

1845 sick!

Posted: Feb 04 2013, 12:39 PM

this article speaks to the folly of human beings. run, hide, there are mosters outside, and so fourth....

these killings take place at government institutions. more police, more laws, more so-called "protection," will only result in more insanity, fear, violence. if you want to save lives, i would call into question the target, which isn't truly the children, nor teachers, but, it's the very institution.


Posted: Feb 04 2013, 2:35 PM

68195 What else have they done?
9/11, US and Israel:

Posted: Feb 04 2013, 3:39 PM

@68195, a novel which promises further applications? no thanks.

what else have they done? "we" are the "they;" doing it to ourselves, in my view.

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Rams His SUV Into Man's Car For Trying To Hold Him Accountable For Reckless Driving - 11/30Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The "Arrogance, Hubris, & Stupidity" Of The US Government - 11/30The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance - 11/30Police Brutality Victim Mysteriously Killed a Day Before Receiving $450k Settlement - 11/30Two Brave Cops Under Attack For Exposing Militarization and Corruption in Their Department - 11/30New Photos Show Chicago Cops On Burger King CPU Where Laquan McDonald Shooting Footage 'Disappeared' - 12/01Donald Sutherland Reveals The Real Meaning Of The Hunger Games - 11/27LA to Scan All Cars, Publicly Shame Anyone Who Drives Through a 'Prostitution Area' - 11/30

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up