‘If I can hear you, I can find you’: the woman teaching kids to dodge bullets in their neighborhood

Elana Bolds has held ‘active shooter’ drills for decades in her northern California community, where exposure to gun violence is almost inevitable

“Boom, boom, boom,” Elana Bolds called out.

The bangs froze the small group of children playing on the new jungle gym on this sunny northern California afternoon last week. The kids stopped swinging and playing tag and ran full speed to hide behind buildings and the garbage cans. They sat silent for a few moments before Bolds called them out of their hiding places.

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‘If I can hear you, I can find you’: the woman teaching kids to dodge bullets in their neighborhood