A new report said schools were emotionally scarring students by conducting unannounced active shooter drills.
In the 2015-2016 school year, 95 percent of schools conducted active threat training, according to the U.S. Department of Education data. The National Education Association, International Federation of Teachers and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund jointly released a report Tuesday that criticized the practice of simulated school shooting drills conducted without first notifying teachers and students. “Though there is scant evidence that they are effective at preventing deaths in school shooting situations, school-based drills are required in at least 40 states,” the report found.
Legislation signed into law in 2018 requires all schools in Illinois to conduct at least one active shooter drill annually with students present. The Illinois law, like laws in other states, doesn’t get into the specifics.
The coalition supports a prohibition on drills that simulate gun violence, such as ALICE drills, named after the acronym standing for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The report specifically called out training with simulated gun violence used by organizations like the ALICE Training Institute.
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