Although the threat of an active shooter on school grounds is exceedingly rare, many districts continue to carry out drills that in many cases are extremely graphic (“The Needless Trauma of Active-Shooter Drills,” National Review, Nov. 11). That has raised the question whether schools are acting with prudence or in panic.
I understand the intense anxiety that conducting such drills can create, especially in young children. But in today’s highly litigious society, I believe such drills are a necessary evil. I submit that it’s better to be sued by an irate parent than to mourn a dead child.
When I was teaching high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the policy was to have a stipulated number of fire drills each semester. During my 28 years, there was never a fire. But had there been one and teachers and students had not been trained what to do, there could have been tragic results.
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