“Shootout Drills” for Mexican Schools

“MEXICO CITY – Schools across Mexico are teaching students to dive to the floor and cover their heads as urban gunfights between drug gangs multiply in the violence-torn country.

At least nine shootouts have erupted in school zones since mid-October, three of them in the past month. On June 15, soldiers and gunmen battled for an hour just 60 feet from a preschool in the central town of Taxco.

Several Mexican states are now requiring “shootout drills” and are incorporating them into summer teacher-training courses, which begin next week. School ends Friday in most of Mexico.”


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