Brentwood Borough School District- Pittsburgh, PA 

Brentwood Borough School District went through ALICE training. “Our ultimate goal is to increase survivability by educating people,” said Aaron Vanatta, school police officer in the Quaker Valley School District and a national trainer for the ALICE program. “This stuff is common sense. It’s just not common knowledge.” The two-day “train the trainer” course, held at Brentwood Middle/High School, brought together administrators and school and municipal police officers from Mt. Lebanon, Brentwood, Woodland Hills, Plum, Wilkinsburg, Burgettstown and Greene County to learn new ways to respond to a gunman.“Anytime you can empower people and give them options, you can’t help but win,” said Lt. Duane Fisher of the Mt. Lebanon Police Department. “The traditional lockdown just does not work,” said Vanatta, noting that in mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the people who simply stayed in their classrooms did not survive. Read more