Huntington North High School- Huntington, IN

It’s a scenario every school hopes it will never experience: an angry parent, armed, shooting at students and staff alike. But on Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, that scenario — in the form of a drill — was played out in the halls of Huntington North High School. The Jan. 5 drill, in which all the guns fired blanks, offered the school staff an introduction to A.L.I.C.E., an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, a method of dealing with violent intruders that is being adopted by schools and other facilities across the country. “The old way was turn off the lights, cover the windows, get in a corner and hide,” says HNHS Principal Chad Daugherty. Even so, the A.L.I.C.E. plan at HNHS isn’t complete, says Daugherty. “We’re just getting started with this,” he said. Read more