New legislation in New Jersey requires all public, private and charter schools hold at least one security drill and one fire drill every month they are open.
General Assembly Bill 3002 requires students to be locked in their classrooms, to keep away from windows and doors and, in some cases, take cover under their desks during such drills.
It requires schools to hold a minimum of two of each of the following types of security drills each year: active shooter, bomb threat, lockdown and evacuation for something other than fire — such as a chemical or biological scare.
Administrators and police would respond differently to someone with a weapon in the hallways as opposed to a bomb threat. The key, legislators said, is to practice several situations so panic doesn’t spread.