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Christiaan Patterson

Moore & OKC Schools Receive A.L.I.C.E. Training

Mar 13, 2014
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A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter & Evacuate. This training was started after the Columbine shooting in 1995 as a way to prepare schools if a shooting were to occur. The program aims at encouraging teachers and faculty to NOT become a victim, but to take measures that could save the most amount of lives. In the past, people have been trained to freeze or hide if a shooter enters the room. Many case studies have shown this passive behavior leads to high death tolls, (i.e., Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine).

ALICE also gives tips on how to keep a classroom safe if a school should go on lockdown. Some of these measures are:

-Locking and barricading the door
-Having a safety kit in the room
-Putting buffers on the glass in the doors to deter a shooter from the class
-Evacuating the room, if safe to do so.

At Bryant Elementary, Principal Kristen Kuepker, has invested funds into window tinting for all classroom doors, which doesn't allow a clear visual from the hallways. In some cases in the past, it was found a shooter did not enter the room because of the lack of sight inside.

Currently, the Moore Ploice Department is working to get all Moore schools "ALICE Certified" and will continue to work with OKC Police to assure those schools are ready as well.

For more information in A.L.I.C.E. training, visit www.alicetraining.com.


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