Manchester Township School District- Whiting, NJ

The mistake people make is believing tragedy won’t strike them personally. That’s a mistake Manchester schools superintendent David Trethaway and board of education members said they don’t want made in their schools. Some administrators, the school resource officer and police went through 16 hours of ALICE—Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate—training, a program that teaches persons how to respond in an active shooter situation. “It’s something that opened our eyes, to look at different options and things to do when training our staff, training our students, and I think we pretty much still just scratched the surface,” Trethaway said. “We’re looking at things we currently do and there are things we’re doing very well. But not one good thing works in all situations.”He said staff and students need to be empowered to do the right thing. During one drill of an active shooter in the school, the gym classes were asking if they should enter the building during the drill.We have to empower our staff, empower our students to do the right thing and give them options to do it.” Read more