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ALICE training comes to Ottawa Hills Schools

OTTAWA HILLS, OH (Toledo News Now) -

ALICE is coming to the Ottawa Hills school district in an effort to make the schools safer during an active shooter situation.

ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate. Districts in Sylvania, Perrysburg, Oregon and Springfield already have it.

The program teaches everybody under what circumstances it's best to safely run from a building.

"[It] really gives our teachers and staff members more control in case of a dangerous situation over what they will do with their classroom students," said Ottawa Hills Superintendent Kevin Miller.

The ALICE philosophy developed after learning from mistakes made in deadly mass shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech.

Ottawa Hills staff and parents have been learning about ALICE from Sylvania school officials.

"How you train a second grader about ALICE is going to look different than how you train a senior. It needs to be age-appropriate," Miller said.

At least some parents in the district support the training.

"I think any kind of preventative safety program is a great thing" said Tate Stricklin.

The 1,000 students in the Ottawa Hills district will receive their ALICE training later this month. 

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