posted on Mar, 9 2013 @ 11:42 AM
Here's the thing (coming from a former teacher). It IS about fear. But there is more to it.
You have to start by understanding that these drills are really not about mass shootings (although the drills are lumped together). It is far more
about kidnapping and the such. The idea in a kidnapping/abduction situation is to slow the perpetrator down as much as possible, hence, the getting
under the desks, so the perp would be forced to look, one by one, for the child they were seeking.
These drills came into place right around the same time as AMBER alerts started being issued.
Now, as far as how it was handled here, its a tough call. It is unfortunate that your child went through that type of anxiety. That should not have
been the goal. But the teacher was also probably trying to make the drill as real as possible, so that the kids would be better prepared if it ever
happened for real.
To me, this is a little counter intuitive, as I was always taught that if a situation did happen, you treat it just like its a drill, all the way to
telling the kids its a drill. The one time I was involved in a fire inside a school, I did exactly that, and the evacuation went off without a hitch.
Then there is the possibility that it was a surprise drill, and the teacher didnt know whether or not it was real. School administrations DO do this.
I was a bit lucky in that I worked with special ed kids, so I was one of the only people in the school that knew they were coming, as they gave me
warning so I could prepare my kids a little more. All of the other teachers would look at me during a drill so I could let them know whether it was
real or a drill. And up until that point, none of them could be completely sure.
Overall, I have a sneaking suspicion that the teacher was unhappy with the way the kids were behaving during the drills, so she decided to make it a
little more real for them. Ive seen teachers do this before. I dont agree with it, but I have seen it, more than once.