A gunman killed two studentsin Florida, It is being criticized across the country that it is good for students, and good for students. Several education organizations released a report this week asking them to surprise students and use real firearms and stage actors to play victims and shooters.
Lily Eskelson Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said that realistic practice “that can frighten the big people and the little people in that school, can terrorize”
“Nobody should ever support doing something because you think, ‘Well we have to do something, so let’s do it”, she said. “What you are doing can actually cause trauma and fear for those children.”
The NEA wants to end drills where weapons are drawn and actors sometimes use fake blood to portray victims, adding that students and parents should be informed ahead of time.
Freshman Charlize of New Jersey High School and her mother, Beth Kepler, disagree, arguing that undeclared drill is a must. “
Neptune High School, Where Charlize is present, the undeclared shooter practices at least twice a year. Charlize dispelled the fear that the practice was causing painful effects, at least for herself.
“My generation has grown up with such active shooter drills. I think we don’t see it as something that is so terrible as some older generations, because it’s just a way of how we grew up and live.” , “She told CBS News’ Vladimir Dutiers.
Asked if she wanted advanced notice as a parent, Beth Kepler said she would not.
“I think at that moment they would be thinking it and treating it as if it were real, like treating a fire drill as if it was real, because it’s going to save your life, ” he said.
Kepler reported that he “sadly needed them,” to protect himself.
However, they agreed that teacher unions have called for school-based mental health support.