Duval County Public Schools and some local private schools are using training videos to educate our children regarding active shooters on campus. We heard from a retired 37 year preschool teacher who was horrified with the videos.
She said the videos were inappropriate for young children. They were not well done. They were unemotional. They were cold and scary – not reassuring and warm. They did not make the children feel secure. The words they used were too big for that age group.
One video shows the children running past a gunman who is supposed to be a police officer but it was still scary to watch. The same video shows the teacher eying the gunman through the window and deciding to take the children out of the classroom and run to safety. How would the teacher know if another gunman wasn’t in the path of where they were running to?
The children in the video were actors and were too cold in their responses AND the police officer in front of the room had absolutely no emotion. He didn’t make the children feel safe.
She gave the videos an F. And she has a right to do so. She taught Stranger Danger in her own classrooms and she said there are better ways to teach your children and have them participate in the teaching. You do it through discussions appropriate for their age and you do it over and over again to seal the information in their minds. Showing one video will not do the trick – it will only confuse them.
Our preschool teacher also sent us text images from a Nemour’s clinical psychologist who viewed the videos. Her text stated: “Opt Out.”
Our preschool teacher then stated, “If children Opt Out and then hear about the shooter from their other friends, it will alarm them.”
Our preschool teacher was none too happy with how all this is being handled. She wants the adults to think about the mind of a child when discussing such a sensitive issue. She believes these videos were rushed through but not thought through.
Leave it to a preschool teacher to set us all straight. She’s the expert about children and she should know best.
We are not identifying our preschool teacher as she asked us not to. We will respect her request and we thank her for reaching out to Eye to give us her thoughts.
The videos are here for your review. Let us know what you think.