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In one school district, kids exposed to violence at school felt safer after participating in a lockdown drill and training

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Students who experience violence at school may feel less safe, but a recent study suggests that lockdown drills and training could help alleviate these fears. The study surveyed thousands of students in a large urban school district in New York. It found that exposure to violence had a diminishing effect on perceived school safety over time, indicating that the negative impact of violence on safety feelings decreases after completing drills and training. However, the study also showed that increased exposure to violence made students feel less prepared to respond to emergencies, and lockdown drills did not significantly affect this perception. The research contributes to the ongoing debate on the impact of lockdown drills on students.