Helping Students Cope with Active Shooter Drills

“Victims” are led out as members of the Fountain Police Department take part in an Active Shooter Response Training exercise at Fountain Middle School in Fountain Colo. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

It’s back-to-school time across the country and as students settle into new classes and routines, they’ll also be practicing lockdown and active shooter drills, an unfortunate consequence of what’s become a new normal in America: mass shootings.

The United States has witnessed nearly 2,200 mass shootings since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, and gun violence is now the second-most-common cause of death for people ages 1 through 19.