Inside an Elementary School Lockdown Drill

In schools nationwide, lockdown drills prepare both teachers and students for the possibility of a violent intruder. They typically follow the same script—the teacher ushers the students into a small enclosed space, locks the door, and tells everyone to be very, very silent. Lauren Knapp juxtaposes scenes from a drill with cautious interviews in her short film, Lockdown. “We now treat school shootings as a normal occurrence. It’s when it happens, not if,” a parent says. “As much as I hate it, we’re better off being prepared and facing reality than putting our heads in the sand and saying it won’t happen here.”

More of Knapp’s work can be found on her website.