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A.L.I.C.E. Drills and Assembly Teaches Students to be Aware of School Shooters

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Chagrin Falls High School is holding more regular A.L.I.C.E. drills to teach students how to face a shooter in order to prepare students for the real threat that school shootings pose on our society.

The assembly on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 was held to teach students the danger if a shooter staged an attack and what to do when faced with one.

School shootings are becoming a normality in American school systems. Since Sandy Hook, where 26 students were killed in a school shooting, there have been 142 shootings at schools according to The Washington Times. This is an average of almost one per week.

 

Assistant Principal Amanda Schmidt leads the assembly on A.L.I.C.E. safety on Jan. 20. Photo by Sarah Crane.

“I felt like the assembly made the threat of a shooter seem very real,” said senior Chance Herbst.

 

The assembly began with a video created by Sandy Hook Promise, one that has been widely seen and shared on the internet for the past few months. It is a love story between students, and at the end, it goes back through showing the view all of the times they missed someone showing signs of planning a school shooting.

“It is so important that every student and staff member understand their response options when it comes to confronting an attacker and know very easy and very effective skills that will help them survive,” said Assistant Principal Amanda Schmidt.

The academy was also involved. About four students acted out a shooter scenario in which a shooter enters a room and the students tackle him, emphasizing the Counter approach as outlined in A.L.I.C.E. This tactic really displayed for the student body how effective fighting back could be.

“I felt a lot safer. Before hand, I never would have thought to fight back, but after seeing how effective it was, it really made me feel safe,” said junior Allie Rodusky.

Seniors Jack Dawson and Tommy Richmond along with senior Bella McGreevy and sophomore Camryn Safenovitz helped display that fighting back against a shooter can be the most efficient way to save lives in dire situation.

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