Two of the most important academics’ unions are calling for the revision or elimination of lively shooter drills, saying traumatizing college students isn’t the reply. I agree. Alternatively, our colleges have the accountability to supply a protected and wholesome studying atmosphere.
Once we drop off the youngsters, we belief the faculties to maintain our youngsters safe from threats of violence. The query comes right down to how the faculties plan and put together to mitigate these threats?
I can see the place boosting college security by practising a sensible lively shooter drill might simply traumatize college students and workers, however that is the brand new actuality we’re grappling with. I used to be simply remembering the times of packaged graham crackers and a container of milk on our desks, and right here I’m writing about anticipating violent emergencies.
That mentioned, I consider in planning and being ready for a worst-case state of affairs. Realizing what to do – and what not to do – in a catastrophe can save lives. College security planners can train in considerate, age-appropriate methods the procedures to probably save lives when there may be “stranger hazard.”
I lengthy for the “golden graham days” however they’re lengthy gone, and we dwell in several occasions. That is why college security directors should talk the aim of those drills. And we simply cannot crowd children right into a darkish closet and count on them to not be pressured, overwhelmed and fearful. Our children must know the fundamental survival necessities as a part of staying protected in school. If we will enhance on the drill data, I am all for it, however the elimination of lively shooter drills can be a failure within the college’s responsibility to guard college students and the district might be discovered negligent.
I understand this opinion piece has been about college lively shooter drills, but it surely additionally applies equally to companies, well being care, homes of worship and such, to higher put together their most precious property – their folks – to answer a violent emergency with proficiency.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Present on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He could be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at [email protected] and comply with him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed on this commentary are solely these of the creator.