Teacher holds up a handmade sign stating are my students next at the 2022 march for our lives

After a mass shooting at a school, we tend to hear some of the same "solutions" tossed around:

  1. schools should just have one door;
  2. buy bulletproof backpacks;
  3. arm teachers; and
  4. harden schools more broadly.

While we know those "solutions" aren't, in fact, solutions to gun violence, they all point to a very serious question: "what can we do to make kids safe, while we fight for gun violence prevention?"

To help answer that question, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut, an associate professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and the interim executive director for the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. She is also the author of books like the upcoming Lockdown Drills: Connecting Research and Best Practices for School Administrators, Teachers, and Parents and Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities. Together we detail how lockdown drills should be used, how proper training can save lives, and what we can all be doing to make a future for kids where lockdown drills won't be needed.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Company Behind America's Scariest School Shooter Drills (the Trace)
More schools develop clear backpack policies to combat school shootings. Do they work? (ABC 7 Denver)
Columbine, 20 Years Later and Beyond: Lessons from Tragedy (Praeger)
Effects of Lockdown Drills on Students’ Fear, Perceived Risk, and Use of Avoidance Behaviors: A Quasi-Experimental Study (Criminal Justice Policy Review)


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