Demand that active shooter drills avoid student trauma

Active threat exercises are becoming live-action simulations, rather than helpful training and education to prevent violence.

These simulations can include shooting pellet guns at teachers and spreading fake blood to mimic a shooting – and sometimes, students aren’t even told the exercise is a drill.

Texas recently passed S.B.168 to help regulate active threat exercises, but the law still allows these fear-inducing simulations to take place. To avoid traumatizing students, the Texas Education Agency needs to clearly define these simulations. Active shooter simulations should not be mandatory, and they must be clearly distinguished from traditional school safety drills. If a school chooses to implement one, it must be limited to using trauma-informed and evidence-based approaches. Without the right language, students in Texas could be at risk of more harm. Please take action!

Sign the petition now to stop active shooter simulations from traumatizing students!