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Is shooting a gun in a school safety drill a huge step in the wrong direction?

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Firing Off Blanks in School Safety Drill Sends the Wrong Message to Our Kids

Posted by April Daniels Hussar on January 30, 2013 

gunIf you have a kid at Cary-Grove High School in the Chicago suburbs, he or she is going to hear gun shots today. Don't worry, though, it’s all part of the plan ... for someone to shoot a starter pistol in the hallway during the school’s “Code Red” drill. Because it’s not frightening and disturbing enough that our kids have to undergo safety drills that have nothing to do with natural disasters -- now, apparently, they need sound effects!

In a letter to parents, the school principal explained that this crazy plan is to “provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.” The police chief elaborates, “The purpose is to take the Code Red drill one step further” because “many” students have “never heard a gunshot before.” And they shouldn't have to -- especially at school!

During the drill, teachers will lock their doors, close their curtains, and keep the kids in their rooms while police “sweep” the building and someone fires the gun. How insanely scary is that? Is this really the kind of military state we want to accept that we live in? I’m sick enough at the thought that my daughter’s elementary school has “lockdown” drills; I hate them, but I accept them. Adding gunfire to the mix totally crosses the line between helping the staff and the children be prepared to face a crisis and just plain scaring and traumatizing them.

Plus, firing off a gun in a school -- even if you’re shooting blanks -- does more damage than just freaking everyone out. It both normalizes AND sensationalizes the idea of a deadly weapon being discharged in a place that’s supposed to be safe. Some kids are going to find it scary, others will find it exciting, but they will all get the message that their school is not secure.

I’d keep my kid home on a day with something like this planned. What do you think? Am I overreacting to a pragmatic move?

Is shooting a gun in a school a huge step in the wrong direction?

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I think it is..

then again, i have a child that hates loud noises to the point that he shuts down. Or blacks out... or begins screaming. I would have to take him out of school, because it would traumitize him too much to return

desertlvn
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Wrong direction in my opinion.

nuclear_sugar
by Jaye on Jan. 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM
If they live near Chicago, I can bet they probably already know what gunfire sounds like. I don't think this is necessary at all.
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LIMom1105
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Why do you assume that? There are very affluent suburbs around Chicago, not sure if this is one.

Anyhow, I don't like the idea. Too much potentisl trsuma and the point about desensitization is a good one.


Quoting nuclear_sugar:

If they live near Chicago, I can bet they probably already know what gunfire sounds like. I don't think this is necessary at all.
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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I don't know. Desensitizing isn't always a bad thing. We are all desensitized to something that would freak out another person. It helps some people to remain calmer because you know what the sound is and what you're supposed to do. I don't see how its different than tornado drills.
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lga1965
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

 

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I don't know. Desensitizing isn't always a bad thing. We are all desensitized to something that would freak out another person. It helps some people to remain calmer because you know what the sound is and what you're supposed to do. I don't see how its different than tornado drills.

 Desensitising is what causes people to disregard human lives, and think its just great to own guns and shoot people . It is now legal to shoot people who trespass on their property. The fact that they might kill them is no problem to these desensitized gun owners. Is that what you want?I don't.

And children are easily confused and frightened because they are still children. They don't need the stress of hearing gun fire in their school. They need to be prepared but not traumatized.We had fire drills in school when I was a kid. Most kids were a little uneasy.We have monthly alerts in our state to test sirens here because we are known for our tornados. But most of us still feel a bit of panic when we hear the sirens, Its human nature,.

glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

uhhh you have to ask?


quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I don't own a gun, but I do own several weapons. If someone breaks in to my house, I'll probably do serious damage and possibly kill them. My first concern is defending my son and myself from someone who broke into my home and I don't know what they're there for. Thats not desensitization. I care if I hurt or killed someone. Not something I want to happen, but if I had to choose my family over the jackass who broke in, its an easy decision.


Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting quickbooksworm:

I don't know. Desensitizing isn't always a bad thing. We are all desensitized to something that would freak out another person. It helps some people to remain calmer because you know what the sound is and what you're supposed to do. I don't see how its different than tornado drills.

 Desensitising is what causes people to disregard human lives, and think its just great to own guns and shoot people . It is now legal to shoot people who trespass on their property. The fact that they might kill them is no problem to these desensitized gun owners. Is that what you want?I don't.


And children are easily confused and frightened because they are still children. They don't need the stress of hearing gun fire in their school. They need to be prepared but not traumatized.We had fire drills in school when I was a kid. Most kids were a little uneasy.We have monthly alerts in our state to test sirens here because we are known for our tornados. But most of us still feel a bit of panic when we hear the sirens, Its human nature,.


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lga1965
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

 Security Systems can do all that more efficiently . They scare away criminals, too, even before the cops arrive.

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I don't own a gun, but I do own several weapons. If someone breaks in to my house, I'll probably do serious damage and possibly kill them. My first concern is defending my son and myself from someone who broke into my home and I don't know what they're there for. Thats not desensitization. I care if I hurt or killed someone. Not something I want to happen, but if I had to choose my family over the jackass who broke in, its an easy decision.


Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting quickbooksworm:

I don't know. Desensitizing isn't always a bad thing. We are all desensitized to something that would freak out another person. It helps some people to remain calmer because you know what the sound is and what you're supposed to do. I don't see how its different than tornado drills.

 Desensitising is what causes people to disregard human lives, and think its just great to own guns and shoot people . It is now legal to shoot people who trespass on their property. The fact that they might kill them is no problem to these desensitized gun owners. Is that what you want?I don't.


And children are easily confused and frightened because they are still children. They don't need the stress of hearing gun fire in their school. They need to be prepared but not traumatized.We had fire drills in school when I was a kid. Most kids were a little uneasy.We have monthly alerts in our state to test sirens here because we are known for our tornados. But most of us still feel a bit of panic when we hear the sirens, Its human nature,.


 

sherry132
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM

My children already know what gun fire sounds like so I wouldn't have a problem with it. 

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