After a summer marked by numerous deadly mass shootings across the US—in California, Texas, and Ohio—children returned to schools where active shooter drills from preschool through twelfth grade have become the norm. In fact 97 percent of school districts practice regular lockdown drills. Some schools distribute buckets for children to use the bathroom during a school lockdown, and sharpie pens to teachers—not to grade papers or to make art, but to mark the time a tourniquet is applied to a bleeding limb during a school shooting. Alarmingly, there has been a recent surge in sales of bulletproof backpacks.
Author(s): Frank G. Straub, Christopher Nelson, Samantha Iovan, Joie D. Acosta, Mahshid Abir