was not a typical day in the Genoa Area Local School District. Students
and staff have been taking ALICE training, and on Thursday, there was an active
knew about the drill; students didn't. The plan was to get the 1,400 students
out of the building as quickly and safely as possible.
finding a recipe for success is not hiding under the table, not lining up
against the chalkboard and hiding and waiting for a perpetrator to come in and
do some damage," said Tom Baker, technology director for the district.
Township Police Officer David Dunn played the role of one of two active
teacher called 911 and area law enforcement, fire and EMS crews swarmed to the
scary that it's a sign of the times, but we're required by law to do at least once
per year, and to put our students and staff and parents at ease that we
practice this," said high school Principal Kevin Katafias.
ran down hallways and headed outside. Within 15 minutes, the building was
can evacuate this building pretty quick," Dunn said. "To me, that's a good
thing. That's less people I have to worry about as a responding officer, that they're
out on the street. They're not out here injured."
drill was a success, but there were some flaws.
us practicing to be the bad guys, I think we were a little confused and we're
going to look at that and how we can improve on that," said Baker.