Caledonia Schools- Caledonia, MI

People have likely seen the security systems in place at schools. It’s an important step to make sure all inside are safe.  If an intruder comes into a school, traditional protocol has been to lock down a building and stay in the classroom and wait for help—but the “A.L.I.C.E.” program recommends a different approach. “We pray that this will never, ever, ever happen,” Caledonia Superintendent Ben Barton said. “We know we need to be prepared in the case that it ever does.” Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett said A.L.I.C.E. is a way to bring schools and law enforcement closer together, and keeping kids safe is what it’s all about. “We need to have a plan in place,” Inglett said. “I hope to God nothing ever happens like this, but that’s not to say it won’t. I think as law enforcement, as educators, as communities overall, we need to be prepared for something like this.”  Caledonia Schools are currently in the early stages of implementing the program. Barton said they hope to implement this program in all Caledonia Schools by the start of the 2015 school year. Read more