Reports indicate active shooter drills in schools could be doing more harm than good.

(U.S.) – Nearly all public schools in the United States now conduct lockdown drills to prepare students in the case of an actual shooter situation according to statistics from 2015-2016 published by the National Center for Education Statistics.

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, in 2019 57% of teens stated they worry about a shooting happening at their school. That same report indicated 63% of parents fear a shooting at their child’s school. However, according to NPR’s special series, the ‘Criminal Justice Collaborative, the overall number of students killed in shootings at schools is down from the early 1990s to about 0.15 per million in 2014-2015.

Reports note some active shooter drills even include actors portraying gunmen and the sounds of gunfire being played throughout the school building. Melissa Reeves, a professor at Winthrop University told NPR, “The analogy that I use is we don’t light a fire in the hallway to practice fire drills.”

While school personnel has good intentions when holding shooting drills like this, they could be traumatizing the students. The NPR report goes on to state that “one Harvard instructor estimated the likelihood of a public-school student being killed by a gun in school at about 1 in 614 million.

Information for this article is courtesy of an article originally published by NPR on November 10th, 2019.

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