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Prepare students for active shooters without terrifying them: NASRO to AP

Published Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 am by Carolyn Thompson

“We need to be as prepared as we can, but it doesn’t mean that we’ve got to terrify students to get them prepared.” That’s part of what NASRO executive director Mo Canady told the Associated Press for a story about active shooter drills in schools. Mo recommended that school districts save the most intense exercises for staff only. As the decision-makers, he said, “they need to know a little more what that’s going to feel like.” For students, lower-stress drills that have them listening to instructions and running through the motions, like traditional fire drills, should be the focus, Mo told the AP.