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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…

Dutch, Belgian, German, Austrian governments work to prevent Turkish death penalty vote in Europe

BERLIN — The Dutch government says it will look into ways of preventing people from voting in the Netherlands in a possible Turkish referendum on reintroducing the death penalty.

Dirk-Jan Vermeij, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders, says the Dutch Cabinet “does not want this and will not facilitate it.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of reinstating capital punishment — a move that would effectively end Ankara’s faltering bid to join the European Union — since he narrowly won expanded powers last month.

Vermeij said Friday that “reintroducing the death penalty would be a break with European values and is not compatible with membership of the European Union and Council of Europe.”

The Dutch statement followed a similar statement by Germany earlier in the day.

The German government says it wouldn’t allow voting in Germany if Turkey holds a referendum on whether to reintroduce the death penalty.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of the move — which would effectively finish off Ankara’s faltering bid to join the European Union — since narrowly winning expanded powers last month. 

Germany and other European countries vehemently oppose executions.

The German government says that its permission is required for voting in foreign elections or referendums to take place at embassies, consulates or elsewhere on its territory. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Friday: “it is politically inconceivable that we would agree to such a vote in Germany on a measure that clearly contradicts our constitution and European values.”

Belgium’s prime minister says the time has come for the European Union to make a final decision about Turkey’s bid for membership, which he called a “dead end.”

Prime Minister Charles Michel says in an interview with The Associated Press that after months of provocations from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “masochism must have its limits.”

Michel says he has the impression that the membership process is not the right framework to have a successful dialogue with Turkey.

Austria is also seeking to end Turkey’s membership bid, and a growing group of countries say they’ve realized acting as if Turkey is still a constructive partner would amount to a charade.

Erdogan recently won a referendum that expands his powers, and he has had equally harsh words for the EU. He has also said he may hold a referendum on whether the country should continue its membership efforts.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press, May 5, 2017

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