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This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

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How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

UK Royals must raise torture and death penalty on Bahrain trip

Charles and Camilla to Make Official Trip to Middle East
Charles and Camilla to Make Official Trip to Bahrain
The Government must ensure that the UK Royal Family raise the issue of torture and the death penalty when they visit Bahrain in the coming week, human rights organization Reprieve has said.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to visit Bahrain this coming week (7-11th). The Government has said the trip will “strengthen the UK’s warm bilateral relations” with the country, among others in the region. 

The visit comes amid growing concerns for an innocent man who faces execution in Bahrain, after he was tortured into a forced ‘confession.’ Mohammed Ramadan, a policeman and a father of three, was arrested in 2014 after he attended a protest. He was forced to give statements that he later recanted. 

His 'confession' was subsequently used as the basis for his conviction and death sentence. 

The UK Government provides an estimated £2.1m in ‘reform’ assistance to Bahrain’s security sector, including for policing and prisons. 

Reprieve has asked the Government to press the Bahraini authorities to release Mr Ramadan, and to ensure that his case is on the agenda for the Royal trip. 

Torture is illegal under Bahraini and international law. 

Commenting, Maya Foa, a director at Reprieve, said:

“The Royal Family are visiting Bahrain as the life of an innocent man, Mohammed Ramadan, hangs in the balance. This is a crucial opportunity for Britain to push for his release – and to bring an end to the appalling use of torture in Bahrain. If the UK wants its ‘reform’ spending in Bahrain to be worth it, then it must use all the levers it can – including the royal visit – to help Mohammed and others like him.” 

More information on Mohammed Ramadan's is available at Reprieve's website, here.

Source: Reprieve, November 5, 2016

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