What Kind of Active Shooter Drills Are Most Beneficial to Students?


This episode was co-produced with students from PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs at Northview High School in Covina, CA.

Almost all U.S. schools hold drills to practice what to do in case of a school shooting. But these active shooter drills aren’t all the same. Some aim to be super-realistic (fake gunshots, blaring alarms) while others focus on securing the campus (locking doors, turning off lights). Given that school shootings are rare, critics of more realistic drills worry students are being needlessly traumatized. Others think realistic drills help keep students safe. What do you think? What kind of active shooter drills are most effective?

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