The Company Behind America’s Scariest School Shooter Drills
The ALICE Training Institute wants teachers and students to confront gunmen. There’s little evidence its approach works.

Drills can also be traumatic for the children involved, and schools considering training options have the difficult task of weighing the need for protection from intruders against the risk of doing further harm. “There is no evidence that lockdown drills with kids learning to barricade or defend themselves enhances security,” said Dr. Nancy Rappaport, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. And the drills “may have unintended consequences of creating terror for students.”

Authors / Participants Sylvia Varnham O’Regan