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Monday, 12 August 2013 18:30

Armed school attack drills unfortunate, but necessary

A new law requiring school drills that prepare students for an attack by armed intruders is an unfortunate, but necessary, sign of the times.

The sad truth is that teachers and students, however young, must know what to do to protect themselves in such an unthinkable situation.

These drills, which have been added to the standard school fire drills, have been in place since 1999, after the fatal shootings at Colombine High School in Littleton, Colo. More states have been enacting legislation mandating such drills in the wake of the 2012 shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school that left 20 young children and six adults dead.