The Huffington Post interviews UB expert on active-shooter drills being held in U.S. schools

Published February 20, 2014

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 distinction.”

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