DAILY LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Active shooter drills banned in Washington schools

Concerns raised over age-appropriateness, trauma

Lawmakers worked to prohibit the usage of active shooter drills, including conducting lockdown drills, by schools, which include simulations of or reenactments of active shooter scenarios in Substitute House Bill 1941
Troy Kirby
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During the 2022 Washington State Legislature, lawmakers worked to prohibit the usage of active shooter drills, including conducting lockdown drills, by schools, which include simulations of or reenactments of active shooter scenarios in Substitute House Bill 1941. The House floor debated the bill on February 9. The bill was passed by the House on February 9 by a vote of 69-27, then was debated over in the Senate on March 2. The bill passed the Senate on March 2 by a vote of 30-18, and then went to the Governor’s office and was signed into law on March 17.

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  • bobkat

    I believe that school systems SHOULD conduct staff training in how to lock down and/or secure their areas of responsibility when notified to take such action, but these procedures should be taught or practiced via an 'in-service' type of training, and WITHOUT student participation.

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