School Administrators Educated In Crisis Management

by WHIZ Reporter on June 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

School officials took part in a class to better prepare their school s in handling violence.

Local administrators spent the last two days learning how to deal with the problem through a program called "ALICE" — or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

David Branch of the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center said after the recent events that unfolded at Chardon High School earlier this year, administrators expressed interest in a workshop that would give them the tools to respond in the event of an active shooter on school grounds.

"The administrators are receiving that training over a two-day period, and will be working in their school districts with their staff, student and parents to present to them what has been covered in this workshop," said Branch.

The program featured presentations from Greg Crane from "Response Options" in Dallas, Texas as well as Lieutenant Chad Cunningham of the University of Akron Police Department.

Branch hopes it’s the most valuable workshop information that they never have to use.

"In the event that one of our schools does have an active shooter engage in a school building then we hope that has a result of this workshop, teachers, staff, students and the school community are better prepared for the response to that active shooter," he added.

The workshop was put on by the Muskingum Valley E.S.C. which serves fourteen school districts in southeastern Ohio.