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New York Teachers: Nuclear Drills “Utter Futility”

Oct. 15, 1961 - New York’s Empire State Federation of teachers today called nuclear-shelter drills in public schools “utter futility.” “Drills in many schools provide no shelter whatsoever,” the federation said in a resolution. “Pupils are merely led to nearby corridors from their classrooms.” The federation said such shelter would provide no protection whatsoever against the blast, heat, or radiation from a nuclear explosion. The program “has psychologically bad effects on pupils” and “is an insult to the intelligence of pupils and teachers,” the federation said. Dr. Ralph E. Lapp, an atomic scientist, said this week that nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union would be over “in one or two nights.” “I assure you that both sides would be decimated,” he said.


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