— Here’s what’s happening in two Champion, Ohio schools right about now today. According to WFMJ:
The sounds of gunfire will ring through the halls of two Champion school buildings this afternoon.
According to a letter sent home to parents of students, police will be firing blanks from a gun at the high school and middle school so students can hear what gunshots sound like.
The exercise is part of A.L.I.C.E. training. A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
The blanks will be fired in hallways or the office. The letter says that they will not be fired in spaces containing students. Elementary school students will also take part in the drill, but gunshots will not be fired, according to school superintendent Pamela Hood.
Champion School personnel have already received A.L.I.C.E. training from Training Consultants Inc., of Hubbard.
An A.L.I.C.E. drill will be conducted twice every school year to practice methods to deal with a dangerous intruder in a school building.
As I mention in my post about this on Reason:
1 – I guess the fact that schools are still among the safest places for kids to be, when it comes to violence, doesn’t matter? We should pour our resources into gunshot-sound education?
2 – Who EVER remembers what an obscure acronym stands for, especially in a panic? A.L.I.C.E.? Come ON.
Anyway, here’s the schedule:
The drill schedule for each building is as follows:
Middle School – 1:00 p.m.
High School – 1:30 p.m.
Elementary School – 2:15 p.m. (No gunfire used for training)