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The lockdown drill—the emergency drill that prepares children for an active shooter—is now ubiquitous in American schools. The procedure varies from region to region, but usually involves asking children to hide quietly in a dark room. Lacking accurate information, children are often perplexed about what the lockdown drill is actually for, filling in the blanks with their own imaginations.

LOCKDOWN DRILL is a documentary project that bears witness to what we are asking our children to perform by listening to the stories they tell with their words and bodies.