Former fireman puts school through his own ‘active-shooter’ drill
DALLAS — Just as students were arriving to Celina Elementary School on Wednesday morning, one father made his way into the front office telling staff members they were dead because he was a gunman.
Officials said Ron Miller, who did not have a weapon, told staff he was testing the district’s security at his child’s school and wanted to expose weaknesses. Miller, 44, was arrested Wednesday evening on third-degree felony charges of making terroristic threats and held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
Superintendent Donny O’Dell said school staffers were shaken and upset.
“He went up to one particular greeter — and of course he is someone they know and have seen — and he basically said, ‘I’m a gunman and my target is on the inside, and you’re not going to stop me.’ Then he went to the main office and told the ladies there that each one of them was dead because he was a shooter.”
O’Dell said Miller explained to them that he was trying to see how safe the school’s security was. In the wake of the deadly shooting in Connecticut that left 20 elementary students and seven staffers dead, many have worried about school safety.
O’Dell said “99 percent of the students, faculty and staff didn’t even know that anything happened.” District officials were informing families today about the incident.
Miller, 44, could not be reached for comment. Until July 2011, Miller had been a volunteer fireman and paramedic for Celina’s fire department, officials said.
O’Dell said the district would review the incident to see what can be learned about security. However, O’Dell noted that the district was in the process of a routine safety review involving police and fire departments, an effort that began in October.
“All he had to do was come talk to campus administration and central administration, and we can show him what we do,” O’Dell said.