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School shootings – a global crisis
Globally, there have been at least 27 school shootings in nine countries cutting across five continents of the world outside US since January 1, 2009. This means that school shooting is a global problem that requires collective effort to solve.
3 Corrective Measures to School Shootings
Though a necessary protective measure for school children and kids, it is tragic to imagine that young children are being warned of mass shootings and guided on how to protect themselves and others during such a crisis. This is the situation in grade schools across America. All the same, it is pertinent to continue providing information for future sustainability of global school education system for better livelihood.
Here are some corrective measures schools can adopt globally in solving the problem.
Holding Emergency shooter drills (Active shooter drills)
Use of bullet-proof backpacks
Use of stop-the-bleed kits
They are corrective in the sense that they are victimization counter-responses to an armed shooter who has gained entrance to a school to unleash terror on the kids and students
Watch video of a US school is correcting mass shooting
1. Holding Emergency shooter drills (Active shooter drills)
Active shooter drills is dominant method that can be used to teach school children and students what to do and prepare them for worst-case shooting situation. Simulated gunfire and rubber bullets can be used to make the drill realistically engaging during a drill session.
Emergency shooter drill usually involves having a lockdown procedural drill for the students whereby the students go behind the door and possibly out of the line of sight. The students and the facilitator get into positions in the lockdown and practise in that manner.
It is quite effective when the shooter fires warning gunshots probably within the school premise before getting closer to his victims allowing the children and students time to lockdown.
It induces mental alertness in the kids and students’ psychology and makes them become conscious of their immediate environment.
Active shooters drills can trigger psychological trauma in some kids especially for kids who have experienced violence previously. Some educators maintain that though it is a good corrective step, realistic drills are so terrifying that they cause unnecessary psychological trauma to school-aged kids and students. Psychological trauma is a serious mental condition for children.
Emergency drills would largely be ineffective and also more dangerous if the shooter is a student who would be familiar with the procedures. This was the case with Nicholas Cruz, who perpetrated a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, US on 14th February, 2018. Despite the widespread practice, no active school mass shooters have been stopped through emergency drills in practice.
It would also be difficult to get the kids settled back into academic work after lockdown drills.
2. Use of bullet-proof backpacks
School kids and students’ backpacks cannot give so much comfort in limiting the intended catastrophe of a school mass shooter when he is on rampage. I don’t see the use of backpack as a standalone protective measure but a subordinate and backup procedure to more protective or preventive procedure if it can be conveniently applied when such a shooting incident is happening.
They are soft armours can help protect against stray bullets.
They may not be effective against firearms
School backpacks cannot under any circumstances stand up against the assault rifles so often used in school mass shootings
Backpacks will not really help students if active shooting takes place in a class since most schools require students to keep their backpacks in their lockers while lessons are on-going.
3. Use of stop-the-bleed kits
The least in the measures is the use of stop-the-bleed kits. The kits include tourniquets, compression bandages and blood-clotting hemostatic gauze to prevent excessive blood loss.
It is used to resuscitate a bleeding victim with a gunshot wound until the arrival of the paramedics.
Stop-the-bleed kits is useless when the gunshot bullets kills the victim instantly or when the bleeding is too much for it to stop from which the school kid or student or school staff eventually dies.