West Car­roll­ton schools to hold AL­ICE train­ing

The drill com­ing af­ter a stu­dent’s re­cent gun ar­rest ‘co­in­ci­den­tal.’

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Bliz­zard Staff Writer

The dis­trict says the train­ing com­ing just af­ter a stu­dent was ar­rested for al­legedly hav­ing a gun in his locker is“truly co­in­ci­den­tal.”

WEST CAR­ROLL­TON — Train­ing for ac­tive-shooter and other threat sit­u­a­tions is planned at West Car­roll­ton High School next week.

West Car­roll­ton School Dis­trict’s train­ing in AL­ICE — an acro­nym for Alert, Lock­down, In­form, Counter and Evac­u­ate — will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in the school’s Guiler Au­di­to­rium at 5833 Stu­dent St. The event is open to the pub­lic.

The dis­trict an­nounced the train­ing a day af­ter the high school was put on lock­down and po­lice ar­rested a stu­dent they said had a hand­gun in his locker. But the dis­trict said the tim­ing of its an­nounce­ment about the train­ing and Tues­day’s in­ci­dent was “truly co­in­ci­den­tal.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drea Townsend and School Re­source Of­fi­cer Tif­fany Os­burn “have been plan­ning this since the be­gin­ning of the school year,” ac­cord­ing to

dis­trict Spokes­woman Ja­nine Cor­bett. “They wanted to present the train­ing first to staff, then in­vite the com- mu­nity.”

West Car­roll­ton school staff train­ing was com­pleted in De­cem­ber, dis­trict of­fi­cials said.

The dis­trict said it has sev­eral cer­ti­fied AL­ICE train- ers, in­clud­ing Os­burn and Townsend, who will con­duct the train­ing.

The train­ing will in­clude strate­gies for se­cu­rity needs that may arise in any pub­lic set­ting as well as at home, ac­cord­ing to the school dis­trict.

Last week’s in­ci­dent at West Car­roll­ton High School in­volved a 17-year-old male who re­mains in ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion.

He was ar­rested af­ter Os­burn learned about the weapon and re­layed in­for­ma­tion to the West Car­roll­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, said Deputy Chief David Wessling.

When the teen ap­peared in Mont­gomery County Juve- nile Court, Judge An­thony Capizzi or­dered he stay in cus­tody due to in­for­ma­tion dis­cov­ered af­ter his ar­rest.

AL­ICE train­ing has been used by or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing po­lice, health care, gov­ern m ent, busi­ness and schools, ac­cord­ing to the AL­ICE Train­ing In­sti­tute.

Train­ing is im­por­tant, ac­cord­ing to the in­sti­tute, but prac­tice can be life­sav­ing.

“There is no time for poor per­for­mance when some­one is try­ing to take your life. All rec­om­mended skills must be very easy and very ef­fec­tive,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

“Prac­tic­ing new skills that can be eas­ily learned, or bet­ter yet, us­ing skills al­ready well-known to users, al­lows for them to ex­pe­ri­ence the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ac­tion. This will build their con­fi­dence in us­ing their skills to sur­vive and en­hances the like­li­hood that they will ac­tu­ally use these skills if nec­es­sary.”

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