Independence aims to prepare teachers for active shooter - KCTV5

Independence aims to prepare teachers for active shooter

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Children fleeing from Sandy Hook Elementary School following a mass shooting. Children fleeing from Sandy Hook Elementary School following a mass shooting.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

It is every parent's and teacher's worst nightmare: a well-armed gunman roaming a school's hallways picking off targets one by one.

When the worst happens, there is no time to think and ponder your actions. Instinct kicks in and split-second decisions can mean the difference between life and death.

The Independence School District wants to prepare its teachers for an active shooter situation by providing training on Aug. 6. The program is called ALICE - alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate - and it goes beyond the run-and-hide method used for years.

"This is a different methodology of how to handle an intruder. So rather than just sitting in the corner and allowing the incident to happen to you, you're actually going out and you're fighting, and hopefully able to make an escape out of the situation," Superintendent Dale Herl said.

Students can provide invaluable aid.

"The school kids can throw books," said Dave Lamken, director of public safety for the district. "They can throw anything they have available to them if a person should enter a classroom. They can barricade the door. If they are at the ground floor, they can go out a window."

While parent Paige Likely hopes that teachers can summon the bravery necessary to do what needs to be done, she has her doubts about unarmed students and teachers facing a madman.

"I think you can try your best to train somebody but whatever someone is in your face with a weapon, you are going to freak out," she said. "I don't think you could honestly train a teacher on something like that. I mean because personally I would get scared and freeze up."

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