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January 17, 2014

Teachers learn about ALICE

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"I don't know about anybody else but I thought it was excellent," said teacher Susan McDanel. "I think any public group should have at least a basic knowledge so that they also…have that variety of options."

That sentiment was echoed by the other staff members in attendance.

"It was an excellent training," said Marchelle Brown. "I walked away feeling like we had options that going into it I really didn't realize before. It took me from a real old school mentality to a new mentality. All of them that presented were great. You could tell that they themselves had spent time and been trained well in it."

"You don't have to lose all control," said Janice Bolger. "You still have a little bit of control you could take and change the situation."

Principals also said that they had had universal positive feedback from their staff members.

"Our feedback from our staff at Lakeview was very, very positive," said Lakeview Elementary principal Terri Schofield.

"With Garfield and Lincoln having the smaller schools, the teachers appreciated the fact that they could practice in the afternoon to see exactly what they would do in case of an intruder," said principal Dianne Fatka.

Teacher Mark Taylor said that he wanted the public to understand that the training wasn't to tell staff to confront active shooters.

"We weren't taught how to attack a gunman," said Taylor. "We were taught ways to keep students safe, keep ourselves safe."

Superintendent Tony Ryan said that the training on Monday, as well as a previous ALICE training some staff had been involved with both emphasized the importance of doing what could be done in the moment with the information on hand and making the best possible decisions based on each unique scenario.

"What I got out of it was that seconds save lives," said Ryan.

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