Rethink Enhanced Active Shooter Drills in District 308
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District 308 has instituted "enhanced active shooter drills" in its high schools. These drills use snapping sounds throughout the school to simulate gun fire.
While I support active shooter drills and believe our schools need to be prepared in the event of such a horrific event, simulated gun fire is not the answer, especially considering how this may impact students with special needs or students already experiencing increased anxiety as the result of the frequency of these events across the country.
The following is part of an email sent by District 308 that describes these enhanced procedures. If you'd like to see the school board take another look at this issue, please sign our petition.
"As we progress through our active shooter A.L.I.C.E. training, we want to make every attempt to support and prepare you for any unfortunate experience. As you know the active shooter response training drills seek to improve building security procedures during the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. As we move forward, the A.L.I.C.E. protocols and procedures will continue to be implemented with our students and staff and will begin to include sights and sounds that may be experienced during a shooter event. The intent is to provide you a safe practice experience that includes the snap sound that replicates possible shots fired in order to support you in practicing how to stay focused and progressing during an event. Practicing for these events is a delicate subject, we are making all attempts to provide a realistic scenario while not intentionally adding anxiety. We must prepare our school community, but we don’t want to alarm them or cause unnecessary anxiety. Please know that we are very mindful of this and will be doing our absolute best to ensure all staff and students are safe and supported."
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