Illinois lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would allow parents to exempt their kids from their school’s active shooter drills.

The Senate Education Committee approved of Sen. Scott Bennett’s legislation this week. If enacted, a parent could notify the school that their child will not participate in the state-mandated active shooter drills held at least once a year. Bennett was a cosponsor of the legislation that enacted the requirement.

Statistically, the threat is real, but rare, and some studies have shown a level of trauma involved with the drills.

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