Appleton Schools – Appleton, WI

ALICE — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — is the new standard in some school districts, including Appleton, for handling “violent intruders and active shooters” in our schools. To me, a parent, it seems like a solid strategy and one that offers the possibility of a better outcome. It’s just they aren’t easy conversations to have. With a child. He talked of how he needs to listen to the teacher and follow her directions, hurling everything they can at the intruder if necessary. He talked of escape plans and running to a safe place — a church two blocks away, of how the phones have an intercom ability to alert others in the school to unsafe areas, of how added security measures have been taken at the school’s entrances. And of how he wasn’t scared, he was prepared. Read more