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Elementary school principal reprimanded for surprising staff with active shooter drill

Posted: 7:21 AM, Aug 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 17:12:38Z

Marana Unified School District officials reprimanded an elementary school principal for running a surprise active shooter drill on campus Aug. 1.

According to multiple KGUN9 viewers, a person wearing a ski mask carried a fake gun to pose as an active shooter at Gladden Farms Elementary School, 11745 W. Gladden Farms Drive. Marana police say they were not told that a drill would be staged and did not receive 911 calls from anyone who thought the incident was real.

Teachers and staff were on campus to prep for the new school year.

MUSD spokeswoman Tamara Crawley issued this statement:

Nancy Paddock, principal of Gladden Farms Elementary, has been issued a formal Letter of Reprimand as a result of the incident that occurred during a staff meeting at her school on August 1.  The Letter of Reprimand indicates that Ms. Paddock displayed a lack of professional judgment resulting in an adverse impact on staff and the school community. This action, taken by the Marana Unified School District, is aligned with MUSD Board Policies GBEA (Staff Ethics) and GBEB (Staff Conduct).  Formal letters of reprimand are placed in employees' personnel file. 

MUSD assistant superintendent Carolyn Dumler apologized to a parent who complained about the incident, saying Paddock "certainly regrets the incident."