Morris County School of Technology- Denville, NJ

All too often, there is news about a school shooting. The problem is that it can take up to about nine minutes for help to arrive and during that time, many can be injured or killed. Parent feedback was very positive,” stated Lynne Jackson, MCST’s principal. The students also had positive reactions. Jackson offered, “After the first student training session in our physical education class, students commented, ‘This is so much better than sitting there feeling helpless!’ ‘We have a fighting chance against a shooter!’ ‘I feel empowered; we now have options.” With each tragedy, school and town officials warn against thinking that such incidents cannot happen in one’s own district and the need for preparedness tactics is stressed. The typical protocol for schools facing an active shooter is to go into lockdown mode and wait for the police. The solution could be ALICE. a system that could make every minute count. It is being brought to the Denville School District and Morris County School of Technology by the Denville Police Department, namely Chief Christopher Wagner. “I think ALICE is right for all districts because it is a common-sense approach,” said Steven Forte, superintendent of schools in Denville. Read more