Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Simulation of a School Shooting

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.
    This school in Missouri has created a full simulation of a school that has a shooter come in and cause a huge disturbance. They created bloodied students and had a live shooter running around the halls firing off blanks. Sound unsafe? The town police were involved in the simulation and many students. They had done something like this before, but on a much smaller scale and not involving the students. But once they got the students involved it became a large-scale event and students took a lot away from it and were even volunteering to play roles like people who had got shot, and hostages. It was a huge success among the students and they were psyched to really get the feeling of what this situation would be like, though horrifying, incredibly educational.

            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 a
simulation 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!


  1. It interesting, though, how many students felt like they were involved in a "real" school shooting. Each student was warned prior that they were participating in a simulation, but still emotions ran high. Does that make it real? We generally believe that if emotions are present and true, then something must be real, however, this was and always remained a simulation. I found it interesting that you mention the drunk driving simulations presented at high schools on prom night as another example of this type of performance. However, in my opinion, the drunk driving simulations are much more subdued-- only a handful of students actually participate in the simulation and the obvious "fakeness" makes it seem unrealistic. The school shooting simulation, though, put many students into the simulation and there was a lack of an audience making the simulation more real, and I would assume that would leave more of an impact on those children.

  2. I don't know how I feel about this simulation. I understand the severity of school shootings and the importance of doing drills. I wonder though, do these drills prevent school shootings? Or are they a precautionary tool for students to know what to do in case of an emergency.

    It bothers me that every school planned emergency drill is never taken seriously. We don't even go through the motions anymore we just say what would happen, and expect everyone to know what to do. Also, even though so many shootings have happened in schools, have school systems done all they can to improve safety measures and lessen the toll these shootings take on students, faculty etc? The answer is sadly, not enough. Some schools have implemented armed guards/officers to patrol campuses, others have push buttons on the teachers desks to signal there's a threat in the building. What does Plymouth State have? A siren that no one listens to, well we listen to it, but do we actually do anything?


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