The Associated Press interviews UB bullying expert on school shooting drills

Published January 31, 2013

How realistic does a school shooting drill have to be to make an impact? UB expert weighs in.

Amanda Nickerson, director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, is quoted in an Associated Press article about school shooting drills, and how realistic they need to be in order to be useful. She noted a 2007 study that measured student reactions after a relatively calm lockdown drill that didn’t use guns and props, and said she’d not convinced extreme realism would yield the same result. The article appeared in outlets that include the Minneapolis Star Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Albany Times Union, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, ABC News and in Fox News outlets around the country.

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