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Parent Question: Active Shooter Drills?

Tracey from Texas asks: “After seeing interviews of students of Michigan State stating that they were thankful their active shooter training kicked in, I realized my daughter hasn’t had any active shooter training…does anyone know where to get that kind of training?”

I almost didn’t share this question because I wasn’t sure if it was “too” outside the scope of our community, and I’m certainly not an expert, but when I asked my professor husband about protocol at his university. He assured me that his university received training in this area and performs active shooter drills with the students. For that reason, it’s important that parents with students who attend dual enrollment classes on campus have access to this information. The use of “drills” has been found to be ineffective or harmful, I’ve included 2 articles if you’d like to read more about how/why that’s true, but the resource I’m sharing below is from the FBI, which I would consider highly credible.

Federal Bureau of Investigation teaches the “run, hide, fight” model when you encounter an active shooter in populated areas like schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities. The FBI Active Shooter Safety Resource page is a great resource.

The FBI training video below demonstrates the three tactics you can use to keep yourself and others safe during an active shooter attack—run, hide, and fight.


Society for Human Resource Management is the largest HR organization with 300,000+ Human Resources and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. They published a criticism to to current active shooter training and make recommendations to follow the “run, hide, fight” model. Active-Shooter Security Drills Are ‘Ineffective,’ Researchers Find

Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Promise advocates against the use of active shooter simulations, arguing that they do more harm than good. Active Shooter Simulation Drills: Harmful Or Helpful?


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