by Trinity Gruenberg

trinity@inhnews.com

    Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and most recently Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The first thing people recognize about these places are the horrific school shootings where many people lost their lives. So what is being done to secure the safety of those in schools?

    The Verndale School held a presentation during their parent teacher conferences regarding  the implementation of A.L.I.C.E. training in the school.

    Alert. Lockdown. Inform. Counter. Evacuate (A.L.I.C.E.) is a  way to defend from a possible shooter in the school.

    “Have your kids ever told you about the school’s lockdown procedure? Mine never have,” said Building, Grounds and Transportation Supervisor Wade Kern.

    Over the next couple of months the school will be implementing A.L.I.C.E. training beginning with lockdown procedures and moving into the counter aspect.

    “We are going to teach kids what they can use in the classroom to block the door,” said Kern.

    The current procedure with students is following an announcement over the intercom informing the school of an armed intruder. Teachers will lock the doors, draw the blinds, shut the lights off and hide with students in a corner.

    “All the schools currently have this policy and it is accepted by the state. We are finding out, and not just here, but in other states this is not the best policy,” said Kern.

    Law enforcement agencies and state governments are getting behind the A.L.I.C.E.  training to keep staff and students safe.

    A seven minute video was played (that can be found on Youtube under ALICE training), to explain the  training.

    A.L.I.C.E is designed to lessen the impact and to prevent injuries and save lives.

    The video shows an armed aggressor hanging out by the doors of a school and waiting until someone walked out, then snuck into the school...

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