With summer drawing to a close, chil­dren across America are engaged in age-​​old back-​​to-​​school rit­uals. For many, the start of school also involves some­thing newer — active shooter drills, pos­sibly even with fake blood and blanks fired in the hallway for added realism.

Count­less schools have adopted these sim­u­la­tions, vol­un­tarily or by leg­isla­tive man­date. The hope is that stu­dents and fac­ulty will be suf­fi­ciently pre­pared should some dispir­ited stu­dent or deranged intruder decide to turn the school into a battle zone.

Although well-​​intentioned, active shooter drills, first intro­duced after the 1999 Columbine mas­sacre and now more preva­lent after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting spree, can do more harm than good.

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