School lockdowns somewhere in the US every single day

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Late last year, the Washington Post (The Post) undertook a school safety survey. The highly respected newspaper found that more than four million children in the US were made to take part in “lockdowns” during 2018.
This meant, said the survey, that there was not one single day when, somewhere in the US, a school was not organising a lockdown. The Post reporters said: “The number of students who participated in lockdowns is larger than the combined populations of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont”.
This high panic alert protocol became run-of-the-mill as a result of either bomb threats or firearm-related incidents. Schools are radically cautious since 14 February 2018, when a young gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others.
The Post has also published alarming reports about the impact school lockdowns have on children. Steven Schlozman, a child psychiatrist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, in Massachusetts, said in interview:
We have very good data that children in proximity to frightening circumstances, such as those that trigger school lockdowns, are at risk for lasting symptoms. These include everything from worsening academic and social progression to depression, anxiety, poor sleep, post- traumatic symptomatology and substance abuse.
Student Justin Di Angelo posted his experience of a lockdown (all interior and exterior doors are locked and children may be told to hide) online in February this year, saying:
A voice came over the loudspeaker. “Attention, attention, attention, this is a lockdown. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. Attention, attention, attention.” The classroom’s a bit small, so we didn’t all sit against the wall, some of us sitting against the others that were, leaving a bit of room for personal space. The lights were off, so I had no idea who or where anything was. Still, people were talking in hushed conversations, and I caught pieces and I sat and waited. These weren’t my classmates. These weren’t the people I knew and cared for, the ones who joked around in class as soon as the teacher’s back was turned. These weren’t kids.
These were people waiting for death.
It must’ve been 30 minutes until the loudspeaker spoke again. “Attention, attention, attention. We are still in lockdown, I repeat, we are still in lockdown. Teachers, continue teaching. Attention, attention, attention.”

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