Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills
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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