Swansea, MA

When a shooter enters a school, the basic procedures for student and faculty safety, until recently, may have inadvertently created a “sitting-duck” situation, according to Hoyle Elementary School Principal William Courville and Swansea police School Resource Officer Shane Mello. Courville said the ALICE training — for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — teaches that waiting is designed around accountability, not survival. Rather than waiting in classrooms while a shooter makes his way through a building, new ideas include evacuating, barricading doors, using more effective communication and even tackling the shooter as a last resort. Read more