Note: Updated with comments from a city spokesman.
Boston Police conducted active-shooter drills this week, including outside school, giving officers a chance to practice how they'd respond to a person with a high-capacity weapon running amok.
The only problem, at least at the Irving Middle School in Roslindale today, is that the school was locked down today and at least some teachers were told this was no drill, according to one person who said their partner, a teacher there, frantically contacted them. That person then contact Universal Hub after we'd tweeted about the drill at 11:46 a.m.
A city spokesman says there were no police physically present at the school for the drill, that the exercise was a "tabletop" drill done over the BPD radio system, allegedly involving a guy with a gun getting into the school and shooting several people on the first floor, before he went up to the second floor where, after a student supposedly jumped out a window, a police "contact team" went inside and "neutralized" him. If there were police at the Irving, they were there for some other reason, he said.
The exercise was run three times on a police channel normally only used for large events, such as the Marathon, or drills, rather than on the frequency that District E-5, which covers Roslindale, uses. Each simulation was also preceded with an announcement that it was only an exercise.
A parent at the Dever School says her son reported seeing "a SWAT team" outside today.
This afternoon, BPS alerted parents, via two text messages, about active-shooter drills near schools:
In the North End simulation, which the spokesman said was also a "tabletop" exercise over the radio, police ran through an even more extensive drill involving two shooters on a roof near Hanover Street picking off pedestrians, people running for their lives down Hanover towards the Greenway and another man with a gun in Puopolo Park who shot at least one person as large numbers of people ran down Commercial Street. In that drill, one of the shooters on the left blew his brains out while descending a fire escape; the shooter in the park was captured with three guns in his possession.