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Some Districts Take Aggressive Approach In Active Shooter Training
KETTERING -- Opening fire on innocent children at school has unfortunately become a sad reality. Some Ohio school districts will be training both teachers and students for active shooter situations this school year.
It's just a drill, but it is no less startling to hear gunshots and see a weapon in a school hallway. Staff at Fairmont High School in Kettering are training for an active shooter.
Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Escape. At the debriefing, teachers explain what they would be doing inside the classroom.
"Have a more aggressive person helping them get out then little by little, the teacher would stay behind and hold the door and everyone else would get out," explained one teacher.
Kettering and Centerville are two local districts employing this tactic, and Dayton is doing a version of it. Beavercreek and Miamisburg are exploring it and Vandalia-Butler won't comment. Other districts we tried to reach never called back.
It is controversial because part of the training is teaching staff and students to actually fight back against an intruder, as a last resort. School reps say the ALICE training empowers people to make the best choice in a given situation.
"To do whatever's necessary to keep themselves safe rather than just locking themselves down in a classroom in the event of an emergency," said Ken Lackey, a Kettering School District Administrator.
"I'm not too concerned but I admire the school system for taking the necessary precautions," said Centerville parent Victoria Tomlinson.
So should you talk to your kids about it? Child Pyschologist, Dr. Julie Stucke of Dayton Children's Hospital, says wait for the school's cue, then you can prep your child based on what they are doing.
And if your child has questions, "Provide just the answers to the kid's questions, you know, they don't have to go above and beyond, but be honest with them. And provide reassurance that their school is safe and the teachers are doing everything they can to keep the kids safe."
Some just may be just a little more aggressive than others.
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