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Teaching Students How To Deal With A Shooter

With tragic shootings at Columbine, Paducah, Jonesboro and Virginia Tech, school districts around the country have been forced to design safety strategies for their students and staff.

After finding the current trainings inadequate and overly “passive,” a new and sometimes controversial safety training called A.L.I.C.E. was created, teaching students to be more aggressive during an armed attack.

A.L.I.C.E. which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. On Wednesday, local law enforcement and school officials from nine Massachusetts area districts will be trained in the method.

We’ll talk about where this new line of thinking came from, how realistic it might be, and how parents are reacting.

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