The effect of active shooter drills on students


After an unannounced lockdown drill at Middletown High School in mid-April, questions about how safety drills are handled in local schools revealed the fine line school leaders walk between traumatizing students and preparing them for this reality.

Unannounced drills to prepare for active shooters are becoming increasingly common as schools have been the scene of high-profile shootings, such as the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

This week, Frederick Uncut producers Heather Mongilio and Wyatt Massey discuss how Frederick County Public Schools handles unannounced drills.

Later, students Laurelle Maubert, a 15-year-old at Saint James School, and Navian Scarlett, a 17-year-old senior at Frederick High School us to talk about their experiences with the drills and how it affects students.

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