Terrorism Drills: Manchester survivor’s thoughts


Katie Farnsworth was in the Manchester Arena at the time Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

When asked about terrorism drills, Katie wasn’t so sure.

Terrorism drills are a recreation of an attack carried out by role-play acting organisations, like Crisis Cast, and are started to be introduced into some schools across the UK.

Katie, who seven months later has written a poem about her ordeal, believes that drills will only cause more panic in children.

She said: “Just doing the drill can traumatise some people. Then if they’re scared during the drill, they will panic 10 times more in a real terrorist attack and won’t be able to think to survive.

“I’m not a child anymore, but me and my sister managed to get out, it’s just instinct and runs off adrenaline.

“It can’t be taught because every single situation is different.”

When remembering the 22 that lost their lives at Manchester, including children, Katie explained:

“For example, some of the people that died in the Manchester attack could have been taught about terrorism but if a bomb explodes and kills you instantly or injures you severely, then there’s not much you can do.

“But if there is any way you are able to get away, like I say, you already know what to do, it’s just instinct for human behaviour.”

Rosie Wilkinson who was also at the concert is more in favour of the drills, but feels that there should be a way to opt out incase it is triggering to some people.

She said: “It is important to know how to react in these situations, so people are given the best chance of survival and are aware of what is the best thing to do in that situation.”



Featured Image: Katie (left)  pictured with her friend.


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