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.