White House: Trump Wants 'Active Shooter Drills' Renamed to Be Less Frightening
During a briefing on Thursday, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah was asked about President Donald Trump's comment that active shooter drills are "a very negative thing."
"Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, I'll be honest with you," Trump said during a meeting with state and local officials at the White House, explaining that the term could be very troubling for young children.
"I'd much rather have a hardened school. I don't like it," Trump said. "I wouldn't want to tell my son that 'you're going to participate in an active shooter drill.' And I know some of them actually call it that. I think it's crazy. I think it's very bad for children."
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Shah said he spoke to Trump, who clarified that his issue is with the term "active shooter drill" itself, which could be frightening for young children.
He said Trump believes a better approach would be to "brand" this type of mass shooting preparation in a way that doesn't scare students.
Trump's calls for arming teachers and "hardening schools" come in the wake of the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and 14 injured.
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