N’Dea Moore-Petinak, MyVoice researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, spoke to Colorado Public Radio, an NPR affiliate, for a June 22, 2021 piece “Active Shooter Drills Are Part of School Life. Can They Be Done Better?.” The piece mentions MyVoice research that N’Dea led on youth experiences and perceptions of active shooter drills at their schools. The Myvoice paper was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Excerpt from the radio story:
“So, some students are taught to run, hide, fight,” she said, “and some are just taught just to hide.”
Moore-Petinak is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Health Management & Policy department. She was part of a team that examined the mental health effects of active shooter drills on young adults 14 to 24.
She thinks more data is still needed, in particular how these drills impact younger kids and especially now, in the wake of the pandemic. This has been a trying year for much of the nation, and a traumatic and often isolating year for many kids.
“And now we’re asking them to go back into schools and be potentially further traumatized by these drills,” she said.