Sonora High School- Habra, CA

The shots rang out inaudibly against the padded walls as the bullets, which were Nerf gun darts, collided with gym shirts and bare legs. Johnson, a sophomore, was a volunteer, and the cowering students merely players. Increasingly, though, this scenario is one that high schools fear could happen for real. If it does, they want to be ready. Part of two weeks of morning drills that began last Monday, Sonora High’s school shooter simulation aimed to cultivate a more aggressive response to on-campus shooters. The new protocol, called A.L.I.C.E. for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, is gaining traction nationwide as schools rethink their susceptibility to mass casualty events. Read more