New Lexington School District- New Lexington, OH

Planning for the unthinkable is now part of the curriculum for the 21st century classroom. The New Lexington School District has taken steps in the past to train students and teachers in what to do in case of an active shooter situation in one of the school buildings. ALICE, or Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate is the safety protocol implemented in the District that deals with an active shooter situation inside a school.“We try to make this as real as possible,” said Tony Thorngate of New Lexington Middle School, who co-presented with Byers a presentation on the use of ALICE to staff members. “You hear the shots in the hallway, you hear the person walking and see the smoke, and it can be frightening.” While the staff was conducting the drill another shooting was taking place at an Arizona high school that claimed two students. “You just never know when something like this could happen,” said Associate High School Principal Chuck Byers. “Our responsibility as teachers is to make sure each of these kids are safe.” Read more[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]