UPDATED: ALICE; The New Lockdown

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

UPDATED: 1/16/12

Belpre City School announced it's upgrading it's safety plan to the so called ALICE plan.

They'll be joining other schools in the county, like Marietta and Warren who are changing their policy.

Belpre plans to meet with teachers and tweek the ALICE program to best meet their needs.

ALICE is about not becoming a sitting target. Generally, students not around the a shooter are told to run, those around the threat are taught to do something to distract and stop it.

Superintendent Tony Dunn says next month the teachers will have a meeting-- then they'll roll it out to the students. He says they've been working closely with the Belpre Police Department with the new procedure.

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The Marietta Police Department introduces a new proactive "lock down" procedure to Marietta High School students.

Officers showed a reenactment of the Columbine shooting that played out for Marietta High School students. Marietta Police Officers say the old lock down procedures, hiding under tables and not reacting, had the worst result.

"The sad thing is in all the previous cases, high death tolls because they had static, unmoving targets and we want to change that," says Marietta Police Department Patrolman, Patrick Gragan.

Officers explain they are minutes away when seconds count. The old procedure was about the students waiting for police to arrive. But history has proven the incident is typically over before authorities are even involved.

Police say the new procedure called "ALICE" is a way for them to help, without being there.

"Be a part of their own survival, be responsible for their own safety, to effectively deal with situations so in a way as a law enforcement officer I'm still helping out with the end goal, which is keeping kids safe and alive, even if I can't be here," explains Marietta Police Department's Srgt. Rodney Hupp.

Students then watched the new procedure to see the difference in outcome.

"The entire classroom erupts, total chaos occurs, and when that happens it's not to say someone still won't possibly get hurt... or even death could occur but it's to reduce the amount of fatalities and to up the survivability of our students," says Gragan.

ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.

"The most important part about Alice is the E, evacuate, put distance between you and the problem," explains Gragan.

Inform does away with code words but more so is about telling everyone what is happening at all times and where the shooter is.
Counter is about distracting and actively stopping the shooter.

"What I want them to carry away is as you go through life it's all about personal responsibility. You are the one that takes care of You," says Srgt. Hupp.


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  • by just a thought Location: pkb on Apr 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    so I am confused, is each class room now going to be equipped with foam balls?? The throw foam balls at the gun man & expect that to save their lives?? so instead of going on a killing spree, they think the gun man will want to play dodge ball??
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    The skit was cute with the kids throwing sponge balls at the bad guy. In reality the bad guy will probably have a gun and would mow those kids down. Best solution I have heard is kids to go into a classroom, lock the door, cover the glass on the door and not open for anyone. Also try to get out of a large area like cafeteria or auditorium.
  • by Angie Location: Lowell on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    This sounds like something that needs to be taught at Fort Frye High School. Their current policy is if you don't talk about it, it will not happen. Mind you this is what the principle told me when I asked if they had discussed the recent shooting in Cleveland. I think the kids today should be ready for anything that could happen in the classroom. Acting like it's not going to happen and buring your head in the sand is the wrong action to take.
  • by VotingVet Location: Parkersburg on Apr 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    I will have to say GREAT JOB on this issue. First time in a while I was pleasantly surprised by the wisdom of procedure. There are two types of people in the world, predators and prey. Our eyes point forward, we eat meat, we are predisposed preditors. And predators rarely hunt another predator. We are a nation of fighters, always have been and better stay that way. If you want stick your head in the sand and repeat "I'm in my happy place" over and over until trouble finds you. As for myself and my offspring, we know better and will either evade or counter. Great job Marietta!
  • by William Location: P-burg on Apr 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    Yes, I think that all teachers should carry a concealed weapon. There are innocent school kids dead because of these criminals, I would rather the teachers shot and killed the criminals and the school kids were still alive, I don't know, call me strange
  • by margie Location: United States on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    If teachers are being trained to save lives (defibrillators in the halls) cpr and first aid, then why aren't they being trained on preventing someone else from taking a life? doesn't seem logical to me.I would feel more comfortable knowing there was someone in the school capable of taking down a gun man. You never hear of someone being talked out of doing things like this.
  • by mary Location: marietta on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    The Columbine video is up close and brutal. I'm told that there was no student preparation before or debriefing after the video. As a retired teacher and the grandmother of a senior girl, I feel this was a very unwise procedure and unnecessarily long. A short clip or two would have been more than enough. I wonder how many students will be having nightmares tonight.
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      by VotingVet on Apr 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM in reply to mary
      Better nightmares than funerals. The world is harsh at times, the message should be the truth, not sugar coated make believe.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to mary
      It was because of Columbine that the actions are being taken today. There was nothing before Columbine to think students would need to be prepared for such action.
  • by margie Location: marietta on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    I think that if a few teachers were allowed to conceal and carry on school premises alot of these school fatalities would have been prevented. Think about it. If just one teacher was properly trained on the use of fire armsand were permitted to carry on school grounds they could have disabled the intruder before that person had a chance to fire one shot.But because of the current laws, they can't.
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      by Jeremy on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM in reply to margie
      Yeah that's exactly what we need, teachers with guns *rollseyes*
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      by redprince on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to margie
      unfortunately if your' idea was enabled then we would eventually see in the news where a teacher, who was permitted to "conceal and carry", flipped out and shot people, also, your idea would enable a teacher to fire upon and kill a child because they "thought they had a gun"... the best idea about guns in school is to allow none what so ever
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        by margie on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM in reply to redprince
        well red prince and Jeremy, aparently the current laws arent working.
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