Active Shooter Training at CHS Takes a Different Approach

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Clarkston High Schools new approach to active shooter training has nothing to do with training law enforcement. Instead, it teaches the most likely victims what to do.

"ALICE is an acronym. It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The idea is we give the teachers and we give the students options in an active shooter situation,” said Officer John Morbeck, CHS School Resource Officer.

An option... teaching people inside the school to fight back instead of run. The high school began “ALICE” last week in response to the increase in school shootings. This program is designed to stop the problem.

Morbeck said, "Where they've been unopposed, they've just continued to shoot and shoot and shoot.”

Officer Morbeck is already teaching this fight back program to teachers and staff, and plans on rolling it out to students soon.

This training video, from the ALICE Training Institute, showing how to distract the suspect so they can tackle him, and take away the gun before police arrive.

Tim Winter explains, “It's just another layer to our safety and security features for our students. We have lockdown protocols, and lockout protocols. We talk about run, hide, fight, the options you have in the event of an emergency."

Officer Morbeck says these kinds of methods have been used before, and they have stopped school shootings from taking a far deadlier turn. Take Freeman High School up the road near Spokane for example.

"That active shooter was stopped by a janitor, literally tackled him and took him down,” said Morbeck. “That's the kind of stuff that we've got to get in the back of people's mind, that hey, if I don't have any choice or I'm close enough to that threat, I'm going to have to do something."

Officer Morbeck said he plans on rolling out ALICE training to middle school and elementary school teachers and staff soon and he plans on beginning to train students by next year.

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