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The lockdown drill, the emergency drill that prepares children for an active shooter in their midst, is now ubiquitous in American schools. The procedure varies from region to region, but generally involves asking children to hide quietly in a darkened room.

Many parents and teachers do not speak frankly to their children about school shootings, so children are often left perplexed about what the lockdown drill is actually for, filling in the blanks with their own imaginations.

LOCKDOWN DRILL is a photography & oral history project bearing witness to what we are asking our children to perform by listening to the stories they tell with their words and bodies.