Marana district rep apologizes for surprise active shooter drill with masked man

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Marana Unified School District assistant superintendent apologized for an active shooter drill staged at an elementary school Wednesday. 

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. Class begins Aug. 6 at MUSD schools.

In a letter to a teacher's family, MUSD assistant superintendent Carolyn Dumler apologized for the actions of principal Nancy Paddock. 

Good Evening,

I became aware of this situation late this afternoon and have already discussed it with Mrs. Paddock.  She certainly regrets the incident and is prepared to follow up with teachers individually tomorrow to express her regret and address their concerns.

I've also discussed the situation with our Senior leadership, and the District safety committee will be providing immediate guidance to principals regarding this type of training.

Please reassure (redacted) that teachers' concerns were heard and taken seriously.  I will be scheduling a formal meeting with Mrs. Paddock to further address the incident and its aftermath.  We will continue to monitor the situation and take action as appropriate.   

Sincerely,

Carolyn Dumler

Carolyn Dumler, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent
Marana Unified School District

Marana police spokesman Chriswell Scott released this statement to KGUN9:

Marana PD received no 911 calls reference any incidents at Gladden Farms Elementary yesterday. Additionally, Marana PD is unaware of any active shooter training or drills that occurred at the school yesterday. MUSD may have additional information for you.

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