By Madi DeGroot, Aviator editor-in-chief
School shootings are tragedies of the highest degree. Young lives are lost due to someone who has to prove something to the world or is mentally ill. In the past few years, schools have started to have plans if a shooter gets into the school.
It used to be rather simple. If someone with a weapon was in the building, we were always told to hide. Then the Sandy Hook shooting happened. A bunch of kids were told to hide in their classroom by their teacher. The shooter came in and ended up killing a bunch of these children. However, there was something else that happened too. There was a brave 6 year old named Jesse Lewis, who was sadly killed by the shooter. He told six of his classmates to run, which ended up saving their lives.
Ever since it was shown that hiding was not the best solution, the ALICE training has changed drastically. ALICE (which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training is for teachers for the most part. It helps show them what to do in the situation of an attack on the school. After the incident that happened on Halloween this school, I remember thinking that students should get this ALICE training as well.
There are good things and bad things about this.
If we get this training, we would be more prepared for the situation and not panic when it’s occurring. We students would also know how to defend ourselves. If someone had actually gotten into our school, we all know that quite a few people would just freeze up and be too afraid to do anything. Most people would probably be scared. If we knew what we’d be doing, there would be less fear and fewer casualties.
A downside to the ALICE training is the fact that it might cause some people to panic during the proceedings. Some students here suffer from panic attacks and anxiety. So having to practice for an event that could lead to the deaths of their friends and possibly themselves if they do something wrong? Yeah, that would probably not end well.
Also, a person who plans on coming into school with a weapon and trying to hurt people would know about the ALICE training. However, that doesn’t really mean that they will be able to prevent anyone from using their ALICE training on them.
I think that having students receive ALICE training would be a great idea. We need to be able to protect not only ourselves, but also our fellow students and the staff. According to Wikipedia, there have been six shootings so far this school year. Knowing this, I think it would be a lot better to actually train our students in a bit of self defense in case a tragedy like this occurs at our school.