This episode was co-produced with students from PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labsat 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?
Elevate the discussion with a Make & Share. Interview someone from your school about how they feel about your school's lock down drills. It can be audio or video. Upload your YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud link into the Make & Share Tab.
Do you need help getting started? Use these sentence frames to begin your response.
Be a good ambassador for your school and community.
Welcome perspectives different from your own.
Be positive and assume positive intent by others.
Respond thoughtfully using evidence and cite your sources.
Use respectful language at all times.