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It's a hot topic.. so let's talk about it here....shooting drills in school.

Posted by on May. 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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What would you do if your child's school was planning one of these drills?

Students Participating in Fake 'School Shootings' May End Up More Anxious Than Prepared

Posted by Jeanne Sager on May 2, 2012 

school hallwayHow's this for unsettling? I hit the website of my local paper to see pictures of a school up the road from me filled with cops brandishing big guns. The good news? It was all a drill. The bad news? High school shootings have now become so commonplace that teachers and students are now practicing for them!

The photos from the local school are an example of a national trend. Mock shooting drills are now lined up on the school calendar right along with the fire drills of our youth. This is our reality.

Schools here in New York. Schools in Florida. Schools in Michigan. They've all let men with guns into the building so teachers, and in some schools, the teenagers too can practice -- in a safe manner -- what to do if a child turns into a killer. They're hoping to save lives by being proactive.

I trust the members of law enforcement who led the shooting scenario in my area. I understand their reasoning for trying it out. I want my kid to be properly prepped for an emergency. I went through fire drills and mock DWI accident drills and God knows what else drills back in my day, and I admit they helped. When I hear a fire alarm, I know what to do.

But that doesn't mean I like it.

Yes; a shooting may happen. But actually, thankfully, the statistics say it probably won't. Just this February, in the wake of the horrific shooting in Chardon, Ohio, Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a study showing school-related violent deaths are at an all-time low since it began tracking such deaths in 1992. And these are the statistics we need to focus on.

We send our kids off to school each day thinking that they are going to a safe place. We aren't naive. We're aware there are shootings. But we have to focus on the positive in order to get through the day, in order to entrust teachers with our most precious "belongings" so to speak. The reasoning is two-pronged. It's to make us feel better, but it's also to comfort our kids. This is a place where they spend much of their lives; they need to feel safe there.

A school shooting drill takes the careful fantasy we have built and rips it in two. And for what? For the possibility that there may be a shooting at our kids' school?

I understand why law enforcement is suggesting these drills. But if they are the new normal, I'm afraid of what we're accepting as "normal."

What would you do if your child's school was planning one of these drills?

by on May. 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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momto3infl
by Bronze Member on May. 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

 they drill on everything else-tornado, fire, lockdown for is someone gets on campus (they dont have to have a gun-just be disgruntled parent).  I see no problem with this drill added to the mix.

fineyouguyswin
by on May. 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Honestly I would probably just homeschool.

kmrtigger
by Kandice on May. 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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I was thinking the same exact thing. I would rather my child be prepared for this in the event that it did ever happen.

Quoting momto3infl:

 they drill on everything else-tornado,earth quakes, fire, lock down for is someone gets on campus (they don't have to have a gun-just be disgruntled parent).  I see no problem with this drill added to the mix.


momto3infl
by Bronze Member on May. 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

 You do know they do all type of drill now for weather/fire/and almost all schools do some sort of lockdown, which this would be under in many schools.  Do you homeschool now?

Quoting fineyouguyswin:

Honestly I would probably just homeschool.

 

paknari
by on May. 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM
I would be glad that my child didn't sit there and get shot because they were too shocked to move. Not that I ever want this to happen but unfortunately things do happen. I think of it the same kind of teaching as telling your child what to do if someone tries to kidnap th.
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fineyouguyswin
by on May. 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Our school does fire drills and tornado drills twice a semester IMO those are both natural parts of natue we can't control. If we lived in an area they felt the need to do that we would either move or I would homeschool. No I don't homeschool but it is strongly being considered

Quoting momto3infl:

 You do know they do all type of drill now for weather/fire/and almost all schools do some sort of lockdown, which this would be under in many schools.  Do you homeschool now?

Quoting fineyouguyswin:

Honestly I would probably just homeschool.

 


bhow
by on May. 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I didn't take the time to read the whole article but, Oh my!  I don't know what to think.  I can tell you that my 14yr old called me in the fall crying and asking me to come get her cause school was on lock down.  Turned out the cops had dogs there doing a drug search and it scared the hell out of her cause the kids didn't know what was happening.  I would hate to thing these drills would become the norm.

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