School shootings are increasing, despite drills and heightened security measures.
“Bad guys with AR-15s” are going to be shooting blanks at the moments when one class ends and the other begins.
Volunteer victims, mostly from school’s drama classes, are made up in fake bullet wounds, in various places, foreheads, necks and chests.
The students are part of a training exercise for law enforcement and emergency services.
The likelihood of a violent death in school is about a 1 in 2.5 million probability.
Schools have been exploring new ways to prepare for tragedy like forms of the standard lockdown drill.
According to the NBC news report, many children were excited to participate in the drill. Some children bragged about participating in it over 10 times.
Disabled children were faced with choices they would never have to make, how would they protect themselves in a life or death situation.
Others claimed they were anxious and worried, never having heard gunshots or been part of a similar experience, but hoping partaking in this exercise would help their college application process.
One particular incident from the video shows a student as a hostage screaming at a locked classroom door, pleading for the persons inside to let her in. The door remained locked.
That particular incident shows the level of physiological control at play here. Students followed instructions closely.
This particular drill went on for 8 minutes and 30 seconds with strictly volunteers and paid professionals.
Scenes like these show the reality of the drill and really put the level of production into light.
It is also reported many volunteer students became emotional after the drill crying and sobbing with their peers. All the while understanding none of this was real.
The drills, aren’t for kids, they’re meant to help law enforcement craft strategies to take down active shooters, as well as to familiarize teachers with the sound of guns and teach them to act quickly.
This is all troubling, what this does to the children involved can shape their personalities and the way they view life. Some will obviously become traumatized, others desensitized. The children also likened themselves to the Sandy Hook incident repeatedly.
There is also a lot of counseling available after drills. Experts claim “Live drills can be very intense and potentially psychologically harmful for some people, It’s not likely to cause post-traumatic stress on its own, but if a child has some existing mental health challenges”—up to 20 percent of students do, this could exacerbate that challenge.”
One active shooter drill at a charter school in rural Oregon came in the form of a sneak attack.
The difference is between student actors, who are fully-debriefed volunteers, and involving all students in this kind of exercise.
Are these drills part of a coordinated assault on the minds of the youth? Or simply training or law enforcement how to deal with a ever changing reality.