Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"This Has Always Been Our Active Shooter Drill" by Jason Reynolds

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July 31, 2018

This Has Always Been Our Active Shooter Drill

Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds reads "This Has Always Been Our Active Shooter Drill."

About This Poem


"'This Has Always Been Our Active Shooter Drill' is a poem that comments on the dissonance between the active shooter drills children all over America are forced to carry out in the event of a school shooter and the often futile drill that black parents execute with their children (even once they become adults) to hopefully protect them from abusive police officers who identify them as targets and not as people."
—Jason Reynolds


Jason Reynolds is the author of For Every One and Sunny, both published by Simon & Schuster this year. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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For Every One

(Atheneum Books, 2018)

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