Wayland, MA-

Whether you know it or not, every school in Massachusetts is preparing children for an attack. What are they telling them? And will the training save kids or just scare the hell out of them (and us)? Confirms Wayland elementary school principal Jim Lee: “It’s what they’re used to.” In the same way we tell our kids to wear helmets, look both ways when they cross the street, and put on their seatbelts, we’re telling them, “Run in a zigzag pattern from the school.” That sounds horrifying to us, but our kids simply nod their heads. More useful rules from the adult world. I didn’t fully grasp how accepting our children were until I observed an ALICE drill in action at my kids’ school in November. Read more