LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland School Districts- Rochester, MN

For many school districts, being prepared for a scenario like a fire or tornado comes with specific instructions, such as evacuating the building or gathering in storm shelters. But when someone enters a school with the intent to harm, the lines become blurred. What should students, teachers and school administrators do: run, hide or fight? Traditional lockdown procedures are thought to have originated in California during the late 1970s, according to the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate Training Institute, as known as ALICE. This particular drill became a model for all lockdown scenarios. But it could prove a fatal mistake for schools if there is an active shooter inside the building, said Vicky Shaw of ALICE. As superintendent for both the LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland school districts in Mower County, Jeff Sampson said that his administrators are trained how to respond to an active-shooter situation. Read more