Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills

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Participants in Thursday's active shooter training barricade the door of the classroom they're in and prepare to attack if the shooter gets in.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)- The nation’s two largest teachers unions are calling on schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills.

The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association issued a report Tuesday with the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety Support. They assert that simulating a school shooting can harm the mental health of students and educators. They say schools should instead concentrate on training teachers to respond to emergencies. Jean-Paul Guilbault, the chief executive of the Alice Training Institute, which runs active shooter drills, says they are effective when done appropriately.

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