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a new school year right around the corner, local schools are being proactive in
getting ready for anything, including worst-case scenarios.
and staff at Oak Harbor schools learned about the ALICE training program
shootings, like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last year,
are still on the minds of many parents. Most districts have developed lockdown
plans, or hired school resource officers. Some are taking it a step further.
than the traditional lockdown approach, which schools have typically taken, the
ALICE concepts and philosophies will be able to empower our students and staff
to save lives," said Guy Parmigian, superintendent of Benton-Carroll-Salem
– Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate – was created by a former SWAT
officer after the Columbine shooting in 1999. The most unique part of the program
is the ‘counter' concept.
all else fails, if we can't evacuate kids, then we're going to empower teachers
and students to fight back," Parmigian said. "If a teacher needs to make a judgment
that, ‘You know what, I need to break my window to evacuate my kids,' then they're
empowered to do that. Barricading doors, throwing books. Instead of just
sitting and locking down, we're empowering kids and telling them, ‘Hey, there's
something that you could possibly do to save your life.'"