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The US Government is Developing a School Shooting Survival Sim for Teachers

The US Army and Department of Homeland Security are developing a VR training simulator for teachers.

News by Matt Kim, .

The US government has used video games previously as training tools and recruitment tools for various organizations like the police and military. However, according to a new report, the US Army and Department of Homeland Security are now exploring video games as a training tool to help teachers train for what to do in the case of an armed shooting in what might be the most depressing sentence featuring video games you've ever read.

As reported by Gizmodo, the simulation is developed by the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (or EDGE), a $5.6 million VR program developed by the US government and used previously to train fire departments and police agencies on how to respond to school shootings. A new updated version however will now be used to train teachers as well.

(Video from Gizmodo Media.)

There will be three playable roles in the new update: teacher, shooter, and officer. Each role has its own objectives and training protocols. For instance, as a teacher, the trainee must get panicked students into a safe location. As a shooter, the person has to find targets to randomly kill. And as an officer, the trainee learns to find and kill the shooter.

"The more experience you have, the better your chances of survival are," said Tamara Griffith, a chief engineer for EDGE. "So this allows you to practice and have multiple experiences [and] know what works and what doesn't work.

And if the premise sounds stressful, actual details of the training program include audio that incorporates echoing gunshots and children wailing. Keep in mind, victims within the simulation can be both adults or children.

"With teachers, they did not self-select into a role where they expect to have bullets flying near them. Unfortunately, it's becoming a reality," said Griffith. "And so we want to give them that chance to understand what options are available to them and what might work well for them."

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  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 13 days ago
    God, the US is pathetic.
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #2 DrCorndog 13 days ago
    @Roto13 Not sure what that's supposed to mean. Would you prefer they not take measures to prepare people for crises?
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #3 donkeyintheforest 13 days ago
    Having worked in a mall while there was an active shooter in another part of the mall, the best advice is to stay rational and get away from the shooter. However, be aware rumors spread like wildfire-- people were desperate for information and some people were wrongly saying that the shooter was in one area of the mall which led to like 100+ people running up the escalators toward where the shooter actually was! Luckily the shooter just fired a bunch of shots into the ground and air and stuff and the only people injured were from stampeding.
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  • Avatar for qwilman #4 qwilman 13 days ago
    @DrCorndog i would prefer to live in a country where it is much more difficult to own a device whose primary purposed is killing as many people as quickly as possibleEdited 2 weeks ago by qwilman
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #5 NiceGuyNeon 13 days ago
    What the literal hell?
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #6 DrCorndog 13 days ago
    @qwilman If your implication is that tougher gun laws would make school shootings disappear, well, I'm afraid that's a fantasy. Whether the shooter is capable of killing three people or thirty, people still need to be prepared to deal with them.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #7 donkeyintheforest 13 days ago
    @DrCorndog Tougher gun laws would not make them disappear completely, but most available data suggest that tougher gun laws would reduce gun deaths (only a small fraction of which are mass shootings). The thing is, there is not much political support for that in the US, so programs to raise awareness and train people for disaster are definitely beneficial.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #8 Roto13 13 days ago
    @DrCorndog Americans love to act like they don't have tons more gun violence than countries that don't fetishize guns and aren't owned by the NRA.
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