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Lawmakers propose bill to reduce number of active shooter drills in New York schools

ABC 7 | April 26, 2023

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A new proposal in New York would change the rules on active shooter lockdown drills in schools.

State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon want to reduce the number of drills from four to one a year.

They claim too many of these drills can lead to anxiety and depression and have traumatic consequences.

They say one study on the aftereffects of the active shooter drills shows that they led to a 39% spike in depression, a 42% increase in stress and anxiety, and a 23% increase in overall physiological health problems.

They are also proposing parents get the option to keep their kids from participating in the drills.


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