Amanda Nickerson, director of UB’s Alberti Center for
Bullying Abuse Prevention, is quoted in an article on Huffington
Post about active-shooter drills that are being held at schools
around the nation and a study that found that there are certain
best practices to shield children from harmful psychological
effects while still teaching them how to protect themselves.
“We clearly found that if the drill was done like a lesson,
and they practiced it, it appeared to increase their knowledge of
what to do without increasing their anxiety,” she said.
“There were no scare tactics, no dramatization, no fake guns
and fake blood – that’s a really important