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Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them: Some schools are taking a new approach. See more national education news here

| April 16, 2019
Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them: Some schools are taking a new approach. See more national education news here

Heidi Lee Pottinger’s 4-year-old son was at a football game last fall with his father when, following a touchdown, celebratory fireworks rocketed into the sky. Panicked by the popping sounds, the little boy turned to his dad.

“Active shooter!” he cried, tears in his eyes.

Pottinger’s son is one of millions of schoolchildren in America who have done active shooter and lockdown drills. The exercises, a legacy of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School rampage, are intended to prepare teachers and students for the rare threat of a gunman opening fire in their school.

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Arizona officials unlikely to push statewide corporal punishment ban

| November 30, 2016
Arizona officials unlikely to push statewide corporal punishment ban

Arizona is one of 15 states that expressly allow corporal punishment in schools, but state educators said most schools already heed the spirit of U.S. Education Secretary John King’s call for an end to the practice.

In an open letter Tuesday to “governors and chief state school officers,” King said physical punishment is “harmful to students” and he urged them to stop the practice in their states.

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