The various Safety Exercises that we usually Sleep Walk thru each year include a) Fire Drills (2 per month), b) Tornado Drills (2 per year) and c) Lockdown Drills (2 per year). We used to go thru the motions during all three. But since a Twister Touched Down not far from OHHS last spring, we pay teeny-tiny, wee bit more attention to "b"; and since the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, in which One of Our Fine Grads Died, we pay a heck of a lot more attention to "c."
The Kids, however, will be...shall we say Kids? Everything is silly to them; even Something Rock-Hard Serious becomes a Big Fat Joke at some time during its existence. Hence, we hesitate to ask the Cherubs to Cower in a Corner during a lockdown drill. They know it's a drill, after all.
Security told us this year that teachers had 2 options: #1, take the class to the corner farthest away from & out of sight of the small glass pane that's imbedded in each classroom door & make them sit closely together; that way (Fingers Crossed) the "Bad Guys" wouldn't see them. Or, #2, we could cover our little peek-a-boo window with paper, so the "Bad Guys" couldn't see into the classroom.
Many of us went for Option #2. Of course, had this been a real lockdown, we would have had to take into consideration the amount of time it would have taken to a) find the paper & tape & cover up the window quickly, and b) the thought that the "Bad Guys" would see us covering up the window & therefore harm us.
But since this was a drill, after all, we covered up the annoying piece of glass that allows others to See Into Our Little World (on a normal day, that would be chiefly smart-aleck kids traipsing about the halls with nothing to do, peering into classrooms to wave to their silly friends).
The kids didn't have to cower in the corner; they were good, and sat quietly at their tables. The drill was over in about 10 minutes.
We took the paper down from our door & went on with our day. Walking down the hall, however, later that morning, we saw a telling sight.
One teacher had dutifully put up the paper on her door, so the "Bad Guys" couldn't see in. But she had secured this ruse on the Outside of the Door.
Think about it.