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Wait, what? Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety now says we should drop active school shooter drills

Anyone who has a kid could have told you from the beginning that these drills did nothing but traumatize children. Unless you were a gun grabber intent on promoting an agenda.

But I guess SOME form of common sense has prevailed.

Active school shooter drill: Doing more harm than good/NBC Photo

According to NPR, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association is calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

From their report:

“In a white paper out Tuesday, the groups say they do not recommend active shooter training for students. And if schools do choose to do these drills with students, they shouldn’t be unnecessarily realistic and schools should give plenty of warning. Plus, they should be done with age-appropriateness and sensitivity toward children with special needs or those who have experienced trauma.

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America, part of Everytown, focuses on raising awareness about gun violence. But founder Shannon Watts said she was increasingly hearing from parents whose children were terrified by active shooter drills. So, she started to look at emerging evidence that “these drills cause trauma, whether it’s anxiety or depression, sleeplessness, worsening school performance in kids.”

There are reports, Watts says, of drills getting “over the top” with things like teachers being shot with pellet guns. “When we have a fire drill in a school, we don’t set a fire in the hallway.”

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says making schools “safe and welcoming” is her membership’s “No. 1 priority.”

“Those terrifying and traumatizing drills — they have no basis in fact and they harm more than they have ever helped.”

In a 2019 research paper, James H. Price and Jagdish Khubchandani found a lack of empirical evidence in favor of active shooter drills and other “hardening” measures used in schools. Partly this is because gun violence in school remains very rare.”

Read the whole story here.


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