CHAMPION - Doing something - for teachers, students and schools officials - to help protect themselves in the event of a school shooting is better than doing nothing.
''There are ways out of this. They have options,'' said Chris Moffitt, a sergeant with the Hubbard Police Department who discussed the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training Thursday with parents and community officials in Champion.
Moffitt and his partner with Training Specifics, Bob Thompson, also a sergeant with Hubbard, led the people on a 90-minute briefing of A.L.I.C.E. at the request of Champion School District officials, who will integrate the training into the
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Chris Moffitt, a sergeant with the Hubbard Police Department and A.L.i.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evaluate), led a 90-minute session Thursday for parents and community officials in Champion. Here, Moffitt, displays a tampon while explaining ‘‘out-of-the-box’’ ways to stop someone from bleeding.
district's existing safety plan.
Superintendent Barb Hood said the training is an ''additional component'' that will ''enhance'' the district's security program, which already includes lockdown and evacuation procedures, by giving control and options to staff and students to evaluate the situation and take in active role in their survival.
Staff will be trained in the program later this month and then drills will be held at the district's three buildings and continue yearly until it's ''saturated'' into the system, Hood said.
''Run, hide, fight is the simplest way to put this,'' said Moffitt of A.L.I.C.E., which takes the concepts of keeping the people in the building informed of the actions of the intruder, confronting the intruder, if needed, and, whenever possible, evacuating the building.
The training builds on lockdown procedures and gives teachers and students options to put themselves out of harm's way, rather than staying in one place, where they become easy targets in a shooting.
It should not be mistaken for teaching students to fight, though, Moffitt said. Countering the shooter can mean creating ''mass chaos'' around the shooter and then running or throwing something, like a stapler, to distract the shooter to escape, which could mean shattering a window and crawling out to find safety. Attacking is left when there is no other choice.
Jason Vanniel and his wife, Diane, who have a son in first grade, said the meeting was informative and wished more parents would have attended.
On the survival tools the training provides, Diane Vanniel said, ''You can't always be there to protect and you want them to have the training when you can't protect them.''