ALICE Training Institute Held at Bremen Public Schoolsby Amy Wenger on September 22, 2014
It is a scenario that no one ever wants to consider or contemplate, yet sadly, it has become more common - the threat of violence in America's classrooms.
Now, the families of Bremen can be reassured that their teachers and staff are working together to ensure that there are procedures in place to help protect the lives of children and adults alike, should a situation ever arise. On Saturday, September 13, Bremen Public Schools served as a locale for the ALICE Training Institute, hosting a daylong workshop designed to help educators and administrators know precisely what to do in the event of an armed intruder invading the school premises.
The course was held at Bremen Public Schools on Saturday, September 13 and was invaluable in showing teachers the various avenues in defense mechanisms, educating them on how to foster difficult discussions with children, and the best methods to apprehend and subdue active shooters until local officials can arrive on scene.
ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The program was launched by Greg Crane, who was working in the field of law enforcement in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2001. His wife, Lisa, was an elementary school principal at the time, and as the pair discussed the disturbing trend of school shootings, the desire to implement a series of safety standards that could be utilized in our nation's schools was created. A part of that vision, according to the company's website, is "to have all citizens to have the skills and knowledge of their options to respond when shots are fired...if the police can't be there in time to help, the next best thing is to prepare our civilian population to help themselves until public safety arrives."
More details about the ALICE Training Institute can be found by visiting www.alicetraining.com
(Photos contributed by Kristi Monesmith, Bremen Public Schools)