Please Excuse My Child From Class Today

As a followup to this story, something has to be changed in the way we walk our children through how to behave during an active shooter situation. It’s not just about sheltering them from the ‘harsh reality’ of the world, it’s about changing their perception of risk from something that will ‘eventually happen’ to feeling like it is a 1 in a million chance.

In Anna Moffit’s excellent article, she highlights the effects that repeated, active shooter drills have on students: “By teaching young children that they are always in danger, we are preventing them from developing one of the basic human needs: the sense of feeling safe.” This mentality has had a ripple effect across an entire generation, with long-lasting impacts on childrens’ ability to focus and learn effectively at school. And I am one mother who is on a crusade to change this.

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