Schools begin active shooter resistance training
'Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate', or 'ALICE,' is a training program to help Improve Chances of Survival in an active shooter situation.
Today members of the school district, along with law enforcement, got a crash course on how to react.
But it's not just for schools.
Similar situations can occur at shopping malls, movie theaters, or corporate buildings.
Instructor Ray Leggett says the program isn't hand to hand combat training, but it does teach how to be proactive.
Ray Leggett; National Instructor, ALICE >> "There are a lot of things in the class room that hurt that would cause someone to flinch and if someone's trying to shoot, you throw a book at somebody they're going to flinch which means they're not going to actively be able to shoot and so they can do an evacuation and run right passed them and we've seen that happen and seen lives saved. The idea is that the more people we can get into this and the more people we can get to understand just how much power they actually do have and options they have, our adamant belief, it will save lives and that's our ultimate goal."
For the school district, this is the first step to implementing ALICE throughout the borough.
Over the next six to nine months, school crisis teams, staff, and eventually students will be trained.
According to Superintendent Karen Gaborik, the first ALICE drill is expected to take place next fall.
For her, it's up to the people to take control of a situation and save lives.
Karen Gaborik; Superintendent of Schools >> "If we're going to save lives it's up to us in the buildings, whatever venue that is to respond and disrupt the shooter and if we can reverse the situation so that is really powerful to me and the other thing that is so interesting is when you look at these events that have happened, like in Vegas, in churches, a lot of the type of response that people kind of go to is what they learned in school because we've been locking down and just sitting there and then unfortunately being the sitting duck waiting for the shooter to come and I think schools really do play a big part in how society responds to these things. I think the shift of the school is going to have a wider impact because we've got decades of training where we sit and wait so this will be different."