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Shooter demonstration cancelled due to Hazleton protest

October 12. 2013 12:02AM

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A live demonstration of a armed intruder scheduled for Friday’s seminar at McCann School of Business & Technology to prepare teachers for violence in schools was cancelled when state police were dispatched to a protest happening in Hazleton.

While troopers from the state police Special Emergency Response Team, lectured on tightening security in the school to deflect armed gunmen from entering their schools, organizers had planned to surprise the school officials with actors bursting into the room to feign a real-life shooter situation.

But the display never occurred.

Trooper Joseph Breck said, not knowing what to expect in Hazleton, much of their manpower, including the actors, were assigned to oversee the protest.

District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis was also scheduled to be at the event. She, too, was needed in the county’s southern region.

About 100 protesters marched to Hazleton City Hall following the shooting death of Jonathan Garay. Garay was killed by a police officer in Hazleton following a confrontation in which he aimed a gun at two city police, according to a state police investigation. The march was held was without incident.

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