For the second half of the training, everyone trooped to the cafeteria and broke into groups. Each table held a fake limb and a Stop the Bleed kit. The basic kit, which is sold online by the American College of Surgeons, costs sixty-nine dollars. It contains a C-A-T, a compression bandage, protective gloves, hemostatic gauze, and a Sharpie, for writing “tourniquet,” and the time it was put on, in a highly visible location, such as across the patient’s forehead.

As everyone took a turn with the fake limb, the track coach, who had taught at the school for thirty years, mentioned that, after Sandy Hook, each of the classrooms at Mars had been issued a five-gallon “lockdown” bucket. The typical bucket contains gloves, bandages, Smarties candy, and kitty litter, which can be used as a makeshift toilet. Shaking his head, he said, “Times have changed.”

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