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Mon Feb 17, 2020, 03:37 PM

active shooter drills in schools - methods being questioned

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the drills often simulate violence and they are not announced which can and has created chaos.

... schools are starting to do is to actually simulate what an active shooter situation would be like, which means they're having someone dress up pretending to be the active shooter. They're actually firing off blanks or they're actually using rubber bullets in some of the trainings that we have seen, which has some various concern[s] for many of us.

...we have more companies that are seeing, especially, K-through-12 and higher ed school safety as a way to make money.

... you are creating a sensorial experience, which really heightens all of our senses. And what these drills can really do is potentially trigger either past trauma or trigger such a significant physiological reaction that it actually ends up scaring the individuals instead of better preparing them to respond in these kinds of situations. And there's actually examples of where these drills have been done very irresponsibly and they have traumatized individuals or have actually led to bodily harm.

And the analogy that I use is we don't light a fire in the hallway to practice fire drills. When we're teaching stranger danger, we don't put a child on a street corner and have someone grab them and scare them. We are able to teach these things through ways where we talk them through it and then we walk them through it

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/10/778015261/experts-worry-active-shooter-drills-in-schools-could-be-traumatic-for-students

And yet, the school security industry is worth a reported $3 billion. Guy Grace with the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, an educator and industry partnership, insists that twice a year active shooter drills for students are an important piece of violence prevention.


https://www.npr.org/2020/02/11/804468827/2-big-teachers-unions-call-for-rethinking-student-involvement-in-lockdown-drills

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Response to IcyPeas (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 03:49 PM

1. My granddaughter has these in Kindergarten, they had

the first actual drill the other day, she was so confused, so full of questions.😢 I understand of course it just makes me unbelievably sad.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 10:07 PM

5. kindergarten? that's like 5 years old?

can you imagine even having thoughts of what this means at 5 years old? innocence: gone.

it is unbelievably sad.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 10:16 PM

6. She just turned 6, they don't exactly understand what they are

doing, just that it's about a bad guy. The fire alarm goes off at some point, the school told them a kid pulled the fire alarm, she talked about it for hours, not until she got to the part about them hiding in the bathroom with the teacher, did I realize it was an active shooter drill. I was horrified, my DIL said the school discussed it with them at the beginning of the year.😞

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Response to IcyPeas (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 03:54 PM

2. THIS

the school security industry is worth a reported $3 billion

These people are beyond evil

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Response to IcyPeas (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 04:01 PM

3. My grandson practicing "drop and play dead"....



He was 8 at the time.

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Response to IcyPeas (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 04:11 PM

4. 21st Century "Duck and Cover"

When will we get to the point where we look back and realize how idiotic this is.

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