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Kateri Schools discuss safety with parents

A safety presentation was held Wednesday for parents with students in Kateri Schools. A safety presentation was held Wednesday for parents with students in Kateri Schools.
OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A safety presentation was held Wednesday for parents with students in Kateri Schools.

The presentation informed parents of the school's ALICE program, a safety procedure designed to increase the safety of students and faculty.

"Tragedy can strike anywhere," said Don Wasserman, a parent that attended the meeting. "You hate to think that you send your student…off to school, they are supposed to be safe there, you hope that can be maintained."

School officials and members of the Oregon Police Department spoke to parents about ALICE, a program that teaches students to be an active participant in his or her own survival, and how to lead others to safety.

"Instead of simply having a lockdown system where everybody is locked down, and the lights are turned off, and you wait in the dark, the first thing teachers try to do is get kids out of the building in any way they can," explained Kateri Principal Tim Malone.

If that doesn't work, and an active shooter does make it into the school or a classroom, teachers and students must be proactive.

"We have seen in past events that when students and staff are kind of trained together, they have the same information, that in a panicked situation they tend to react not only back to their training, but as a team," said Oregon Police Officer Tim McLeod.

McLeod also said training is important across the board.

"The age groups of the victims are getting younger and younger," he said. "Here in Oregon, we have several elementary schools and daycares. We just want to provide them with the information and tools to help them, in the event a crisis like that would occur."

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