I stumbled upon this article in the “Real World” Magazine and I found it incredibly interesting. This school in Missouri has taken drills performed by the school to an entirely new level. What do you think is happening when you hear a fire alarm while you’re in school? In my experience, hearing a fire alarm in school, my first reaction is…oh it’s a drill. When we do a practice lock down and have to be quiet and close all the blinds and doors? Usually a lot of fun, but would we actually be prepared in the event of an actual lockdown if a shooter was roaming the hallways of our schools to unleash a string of tragic events? I don’t know that I would actually know how to react.
Personally, I think this is great. There are prom night simulations to teach about drunk driving, and though school shootings is an incredibly sensitive subject, it is so important to make sure students understand the gravity of the situation. In the world today, people think all alarms and lock downs are just drills, and most of us really wouldn’t know what to do in a situation of the real. We live in asimulation of what to do, this simulation is incredibly real and though it is a simulation, I think it surpasses our routine fire/lockdown drill we’ve been doing since kindergarten. I wonder what the blogosphere thinks of this? I love it!