The goal of ALICE training is to keep students safe in the event of a shooting. According to BBC, 113 people were killed or injured from school shootings in 2018 at the time the article was published on December 12, 2018. A database from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Center for Homeland Defense and Security said that 2018 had the highest number of school shootings.
ALICE training is one of a few new security measures, such as more security staff and cameras being active longer. Many schools around the U.S. are implementing ALICE training after the increased amount of shootings.
“I think students now know that they have more than one option,” said Michael Coughlin, a security officer at the school.
Some people are critical of ALICE training, saying that it causes unnecessary anxiety, as very few people will be put in this situation. Lockdown drills have occurred in 95 percent of schools, however less than one in a million students will be placed in this situation, according to the National Center for Education statistics. Others say that it’s necessary, for those that are put in that situation.
It has yet to be seen whether or not ALICE training is more effective, and keeps kids safer than the previous lockdown drills. However, ALICE training has been used before in an active shooting situation, and no students received critical injuries while evacuating, and no staff members were injured when countering the shooter. Only one victim received critical injuries.
The school plans on continuing ALICE training in future years by introducing it to freshmen and having sophomores, juniors and seniors review it.