Teacher Unions Question Efficacy Of School Safety Drills

Feb 19, 2020

Schools began implementing safety drills after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and the practice has been growing. Now, a report released by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is calling for changes, arguing these drills cause trauma to students and teachers.

Locally there are calls for change as well. During a drill at a Cincinnati Public School in January, some teachers and students didn't hear the announcement that the lockdown was a drill. The incident led teachers to speak out at a Board of Education committee meeting, calling for new protocol to prevent trauma to students and educators.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss school safety drills and how they are implemented in the classroom are American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Cincinnati Public Schools Board Member Mike Moroski; Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students School Counselor Tracy Redding; and Ohio Students for Gun Legislation Executive Director Ethan Nichols.

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