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by Shane O'Grady

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In the past, generations of American students have been subject to drills in case of  potential nuclear attacks by Russia.

Years later, this school drill was proven useless as hiding under a desk would do you no good against a nuclear bomb.

Today, school violence across the United States  has lead to the creation of  a lockdown drill most commonly referred to as “Code Red.”

In these drills the students and teachers are told to lock their doors, turn off the lights, and hide in corner out of view from the door.

These drills are in addition to tornado drills and fire drills that commonly happen in schools each year.

On the surface, it is admirable that government has mandated the creation of the  code red system, especially in a generation filled with school shootings.

I’m sure they make students feel safer knowing that there is a plan in place.

Although it seems to me that the code red drill will be seen as useless many years later since there are multiple flaws in it.

The drill procedures start where the lights are shut off, the door is locked, and students hide in a corner. This is to give the intruder the indication that the students have evacuated the school, but would an intruder actually believe it?

I think that they would have to have a low IQ in order to think the entire school school evacuated.

The first reason being is that the school doesn’t know when a shooting might take place, which makes it impossible for students to evacuate in such a short time.

An active shooter would also see everyone’s folders and papers lying on their desk’s giving the intruder the indication that they are most definitely hiding in the first place.

And if the students are hiding in the corner of a classroom then where are they to go if the intruder has a lockpick, which is something that is easily accessible at a store?

Another issue that could occur is the shooter could enter the school in between classes when all the students are wandering the hallway or during lunch where hundreds of students are gathered in one room.

The students and teachers would be better off just locking the door and crawling out the window.

Another solution which could be good, yet controversial, is the ability for teachers to carry a firearm, or at least have one accessible to the classroom.

If we give guns to certain teachers around the school in case of any shootings, so they would be able to stop the criminal.  This would be like a fire extinguisher, or in this case an attack extinguisher.

The guns would only be accessible to teachers in a locked desk or a gun case with a combination. It also shouldn’t be visible by the students and no one would know it was there except students.

We wouldn’t have to give every teacher a firearm, but would have at least one in each section of the school.

The teachers would all need to be trained in using a firearm, but it might make students safer than a simple Code Red drill.

And if a shooting were to happen the teachers could be the first response until the police would arrive.

The code red drill is in a step in the right direction, but in order for it to be effective it needs to be rethought and strategized.

And an attack extinguisher might be a good improvement.

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