Excelsior Springs School District- Excelsior Springs, MO 

It is with these thoughts in mind that the teachers, staff and administrators of Excelsior Springs School District are taking a proactive approach at protecting the children of our community. Excelsior Springs Police Department School Resource Officer Paul White has been instrumental in learning, training and initiating courses for district employees to help them understand better how to protect their classrooms in case a situation involving an active shooter should arise. “I feel it’s important for us as members of our community to be aware and be prepared. We should not live in denial and think we are immune to the dangers and threats that lurk in today’s society,” said White. Using his training from A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), a program created after the Columbine High School shootings, White is helping to prepare the district for what he hopes will never happen. The training was held at Westview  Elementary School. Westview principal Rita Linhart said that prior to and especially after the training, staff of the elementary school have been involved in nonstop discussion of how to help protect their children. Read more