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The Trauma of Active Shooter Drills

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Donna Provencher of Texas was shocked when her eight-year-old son, who was diagnosed with ADHD, a clinical anxiety disorder, and an adjustment disorder, recently asked her: “Do you remember when that school shooter came to my school, like at Uvalde?

We had to get on the ground. They told us we were in danger and that someone could come in the room and hurt us.”Provencher was puzzled.

There hadn’t been a shooting at her son’s school. Then she pieced together his confusing account. She explained that he had experienced an active shooter lockdown drill.“It was a drill?” he asked. “I thought we were going to die.”Active shooter drills are designed to protect students during mass shootings, which are on the rise in the U.S.

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