DAVISON (DTV) – (2/16/2023) – Monday, February 13th marked the second mass shooting targeting Michigan students in the last year and a half. With gun violence becoming a more pressing issue, students should be aware of how they could protect themselves in any way they can.
A.L.I.C.E has become the response currently recommended for students to implement in these dangerous situations.
A.L.I.C.E stands for:
Alert: Become aware of the threat, overcome denial, and recognize signs of danger, the quicker you understand the threat the quicker you can respond.
Lockdown: Barricade entry points, prepare to evacuate or counter if needed if evacuation is not a safe option.
Inform: Communicate with others the intruder’s location and direction in real time.
Counter: Actively confronting the individual is not the best method for ensuring safety, counter is a last resort. If it comes to the counter, making noise, movement, distance, and distractions, you do this with intention of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Throw objects such as books, paper, or anything to distract the shooter.
Evacuate: When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone. If police are outside make sure to raise your hands over your head and make it known you are not a threat. In stressful situations like this, it is difficult to tell who is the threat and who is a student.
For more information on every procedure involved in ALICE, you can visit the official ALICE training website: ALICE Website