Active shooter drills are a $2.7 billion industry that creates fear, depression, and lasting anxiety

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    • #355209
      N2Doc
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      As school shooting proliferated across the United States, there was one obvious solution. It wasn’t restricting the access to military-grade weaponry capable of shooting dozens of children in the space of a few minutes so that people so mentally imbalanced as to carry out slaughter had a slightly harder time laying their hands on such a weapon. Of course not. The solution was to train schoolchildren to live in a state of constant high alert, always aware that they weren’t entering a place of learning, but a battlefield where they could expect to face monsters.

      To address the issue of school shootings, millions of American children are regularly run through drills in which they’re made to visualize having their lives in extreme danger and are deliberately terrorized. Over the years, those drills have definitely not gotten any better, as students are exposed to simulated gunfire, blood in the hallways, and watching the “bodies” of their fellow students carried from the school. Classrooms have been invaded by “shooters” who fire pellet guns as students cower under desks and teachers are made to feign being killed. Some students are even called on to be the corpses that others have to step over to escape.

      In February, the NEA made it clear that it wasn’t just school shootings that were traumatizing students, it was active shooter drills. While there is little to suggest that the drills can help to protect students, there is considerable evidence that they’re causing widespread harm. That analysis led to calls to ban active shooter drills, with teachers across the country demanding an end to the lasting trauma generated by these useless drills. But there’s a reason why they haven’t stopped. In fact, there are $2.7 billion reasons.

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      Also kill off the older generation who were taught critical thinking and to question bullshit.

      They want unquestioning acceptance of even polar opposite view points, neither of which need to make much sense by themselves. Case in point – Trumpters!

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #355227
      doh1304
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      Over half of firearm deaths are suicide. 7 out of nine murder victims are male. more children have died of covid-19 this year than have died in school shootings this century. Sweden just went a week without a single covid-19 death. our beliefs and priorities are based on sensationalism and fear rather than rationality.

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      HassleCat
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      Many of us are old enough to remember when we rehearsed our response to a Soviet nuclear attack. We were supposed to hide under our desks and put our hands over our heads. Yeah, right. we did it because somebody thought it was “doing something.” All it accomplished was to scare the crap out of a whole generation.

    • #355253
      mrdmk
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      Ole ‘Duck and Cover.’ By the time 3rd grade a (1966) came around, ole ‘Duck and Cover’ changed to ‘bend over and kiss your ass good-bye.’ That was 3rd grade.

      If these people want to live in fear, depression and lasting anxiety, they can move to Somalia and use their training there.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

    • #355351
      JonLP
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      YMMV. Besides the #1 solution is to keep guns away from mentally ill which would only solve gun suicides, not gun violence since less than 5% of gun violence comes from SMI and the mentally ill are more likely to be victims of violence than the rest of the population.

       

      I think regulating guns is more effective than active shooter drills.

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