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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A safety presentation was held Wednesday for
parents with students in Kateri Schools.
The presentation informed parents of the
school's ALICE program, a safety procedure designed to increase the safety of
students and faculty.
"Tragedy can strike anywhere," said Don
Wasserman, a parent that attended the meeting. "You hate to think that you send
your student…off to school, they are supposed to be safe there, you hope that
can be maintained."
School officials and members of the Oregon
Police Department spoke to parents about ALICE, a program that teaches students
to be an active participant in his or her own survival, and how to lead others
"Instead of simply having a lockdown system
where everybody is locked down, and the lights are turned off, and you wait in
the dark, the first thing teachers try to do is get kids out of the building in
any way they can," explained Kateri Principal Tim Malone.
If that doesn't work, and an active shooter
does make it into the school or a classroom, teachers and students must be
"We have seen in past events that when
students and staff are kind of trained together, they have the same
information, that in a panicked situation they tend to react not only back to
their training, but as a team," said Oregon Police Officer Tim McLeod.
McLeod also said training is important across
"The age groups of the victims are getting
younger and younger," he said. "Here in Oregon, we have several elementary
schools and daycares. We just want to provide them with the information and
tools to help them, in the event a crisis like that would occur."