The following information and statistics were reported in a recent Washington Post analysis* regarding lockdowns in American schools.
More than 4.1 million children endured at least 1 lockdown in the 2017-2018 school year.
The number of students with lockdowns in the 2017-2018 school year eclipsed the population of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont combined. However, the figure is likely much higher, as many school districts do not track lockdowns.
On a typical day last year at least 16 campuses in the United States had a lockdown.
On every school day between Labor Day September 2017 and Memorial Day 2018, a campus in the country went into lockdown because of a shooting or the perceived danger of one.
Students of all ages were affected by lockdowns, in the 2017-2018 school year, including more than 1 million elementary age children and 220,000 kindergarteners and pre-kindergarteners.
No district is exempt from lockdowns, regardless of demographics, affluence, location or security.
2018 was the worst year of school shootings in modern American history, with 25 school shootings, 33 people killed, 61 people injured, and 25,332 children exposed to violence.
Even without the threat of violence, planned lockdowns can overwhelm students, who have wept, soiled themselves, written farewell messages to family members, texted goodbye messages and created wills regarding beloved toys.
Lockdown drills, although necessary, have the potential to inflict psychological damage to our children.
While most kids won’t suffer long-term consequences, childhood trauma experts suspect that a meaningful percentage will.
Nationally, the seven days with the highest number of incidents leading to school lockdowns occurred in the two weeks after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14.
On February 23, 2018 33 separate incidents would lead to lockdowns all over the US, the most The Post identified during any single day last school year. Additionally, some school districts did not even open due to threats of violence.
More than 10,000 children in at least 17schools endured a lockdown on election day 2018 alone.
* Rich, Stephen and Woodrow Cox, John. (2018, December 26) School Lockdowns: How Many Children Have Hidden. The Washington Post. Retrieved from Washington Post.com.