It is a tragedy that all the French education system can offer their children as protection from terrorism is first-aid training and hiding techniques. Teachers should be armed and trained and armed guards posted at every school. Terrorists are cowards and always choose soft targets. Gun free zones are their preference so the French should arm every school. If the threat is real enough for them to be doing these drills then they should be serious enough about their children’s safety to take the war to the terrorists. Hiding is not going to protect children from bombs or gunfire but armed teachers and guards will.
Young French children returning to school this month will be taught games to hide from terrorists as part of a new curriculum created in response to a series of attacks in the past year.
In addition to drills three times a year, education officials have suggested teaching younger students some games so they can be prepared. Among the suggestions are teaching kids to hide in boxes without being scared of the dark, running from the playground to the school at the teacher’s command, and playing a game known as “le roi du silence,” or “the king of silence.”
Students aged 14 and above will be put in first aid classes so they can learn critical life-saving skills that could be used in the event of an attack. School administrators will be required to hold mock attack drills to improve “the ability of schools to react and not be taken by surprise.”
France has fallen victim to three major terrorist attacks since 2015. The Islamic State has listed schools as a “top priority” target for terror attacks. The country has remained in a state of emergency as a result of the attacks.