Educators and first responders get a look at a program that could change the outcome in the event of a school shooting.
Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State invite educators and law enforcement from Coshocton, Guernsey, Licking, Muskingum, Morgan, Noble and Perry Counties to ALICE training. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate and is the leading way to deal with active shooters.
The institutions decdided to present the program due to interest shown following the training the Director of Safety and Security gave to campus employees.
"It's a very good proactive way versus what we currently really do is put our targets in a corner and nobody really knows what's going on during the incident," explained Bethany Hayes director of safety and security at Ohio University-Zanesville/Zane State.
ALICE allows for schools to use plain language and give as much information as possible on where the shooter is and what they are doing, so that others can evacuate or make decisions.
"It's a hard topic to talk about. It's a sensitive topic to talk about. We don't like to think about what scares us, but we have to talk about this before it happens," explained Hayes.
Hayes said that having law enforcement there as well will help create a dialogue between the departments and schools. The even will talk place at the Campus Center Conference rooms April 5, at 12:30 and last about an hour. The training session is free.