|Do not perform a live shooting drill with a masked gunman at the Burleson Elementary School|
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This type of drill, where a pretend gunman comes into the school with a fake gun, is mentally detrimental to elementary-aged school children. I believe a lockdown of the school is sufficient enough. No child deserves to be involved in a situation where someone is even PRETENDING to threaten their lives. As a parent of a 1st grader at F.E. Burleson, I believe this can only cause more harm than good. No one can ever prepare themselves enough for a devastation such as a school shooting. It is the parents' jobs to teach their children about these disasters as THEY see fit for their own child. It should not be decided by a Board of Education or any other group. I fear that this may cause serious, traumatic mental damage to these children, causing them to go to school every day in fear, WAITING for a gunman to show up. I believe that faculty and staff should have this drill on the weekend, or perhaps a Teacher Work Day, when there are no children present. Also, the parents were never notified of this possible decision, nor were we even informed that this was being contemplated. We found out through the news and on Facebook.