Lead-Deadwood High School- Lead, SD

One local school is taking action by training students in what’s known as the A.L.I.C.E. program: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Last year, an A.L.I.C.E. trainer was at the Lead–Deadwood High School to demonstrate how the program works and this year, the high school adopted the program and started training students. “What I learned was how to barricade the door, to make it harder for people to harm you as moving targets. Throw anything you can at the bad person and just how to defend yourself and defend your classmates,” sophomore Allison Engel said. Training is also a good tool to have outside of the classroom. “You don’t know what’s gonna happen around the areas that you are,” freshman Zak Mau said. This was the first year Lead–Deadwood High School offered the program, and with the positive feedback from nearly 70 students who participated, they are looking into doing it again next year. Read more