The nation’s two largest education unions and a gun-control nonprofit are recommending that schools stop holding active-shooter drills.
The groups say they’re concerned that such drills traumatize students and staff and could hinder children’s academic performance.
School-shooter drills are routine across the United States: about 95% of public school districts regularly hold active shooter drills, NPR reported. Some states require schools to do so.
But there’s little evidence that these drills help prevent deaths during active shootings, according to a white paper released Tuesday by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. Everytown for Gun Safety (Everytown), an anti-gun advocacy organization financed by democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined the unions in releasing the report.
Instead, the organizations