The Atlantic" wrote:Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system... Many [students] sobbed hysterically, others vomited or fainted, and some sent farewell notes to parents. A later announcement prompted a stampede in the cafeteria, as students fled the building and jumped over fences to escape. Parents flooded 911 with frantic calls.
Later it was revealed, to the fury of parents, teachers, and students, that in fact this was a drill, the most realistic in a series of drills that the students of Lake Brantley, like students across the country, have lately endured...
As James Hamblin wrote... 'Studies of whether active-shooter drills actually prevent harm are all but impossible. Case studies are difficult to parse. In Parkland, for example, the site of the recent shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had an active-shooter drill just [a] month [before the massacre]. The shooter had been through such drills. Purposely countering them may have been a reason that, as he was beginning his rampage, the shooter pulled a fire alarm.'
The article also points out that these drills are like the "Duck and Cover" campaign during the Cold War; a complete waste of resources that in no way actually prepares students for the incredibly unlikely threat. Personally, I think both of these things happen because society wants to do something to help deal with important issues like nuclear weapons and gun violence, but lacks resolve to actually do the work, so instead it does the easy and completely ineffective in order to comfort itself by saying, 'At least we did something'. You know how sometimes politicians will make a token effort on a complex issue to try and trick voters into thinking that they are actually helping? That is what is happening, except it is society in general tricking itself into thinking that it is helping.
P.S. What's the point of saying, "This is not a drill," when it is a drill. If that phrase is used both when it is and when it is not a drill than it is not conveying any information.