DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami Valley high school is changing the way it trains students for active shooter situations and it comes less than two weeks after a 14-year-old is accused of opening fire at Madison Junior/Senior High.
2 NEWS looked into how Carroll High School is training students to react. Officials there are teaching students to listen to what’s happening and decide whether to run, hide or fight.
“The unique thing for us today is this is the first year were using something called the A.L.I.C.E. method of defense,” Principal Matt Sableski said.
A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evaluate.
According to the A.L.I.C.E. website, the method of defense teaches individuals to participate in their own survival while leading others to safety.
“What we’re testing today are communication, the decision-making the teachers have to go through and how we then gather the students back up at the rally point,” Sableski said.
With the help of Riverside Police, an officer posed as the active shooter playing the role of an angry parent coming after a teacher. The officer sounded an air horn and that was signal of shots fired and the moment when students had to decide whether to run, hide or fight.
Senior Lauren Dahm was one of those students.
“It was a lot of emotions,” Dahm said. “I mean it wasn’t a real scenario, but it very well could be with what’s going on in our community lately and unfortunately, that’s really sad, but I think a lot of emotions were going. It was exciting at the same time as it was scary.”
Principal Matt Sableski says knowing what to do comes from being able to listen to what’s happening.
“If I know that a situation is happening on the east end of the third floor and I’m on the west end of the first floor it probably makes sense for me to get out of the building as fast as I can,” Sableski said. “If I’m not in that situation maybe it’s best for me to stay.”
“It was pretty chaotic,” Dahm said. “At the same time, it was organized chaos. All the teachers and administration really gave us direction on what we need to do and how should think for yourself and make those decisions quickly.”