MCC teachers train to respond to school threats

November 13, 2018

A bomb threat, a hostage situation, someone’s wielding a gun or a knife — do you lockdown the school or evacuate the classrooms? Those are worst-case scenarios that schools in Mason County prepare for.

Students had a half-day on Friday at Mason County Central Schools because in the afternoon their teachers and school staff members participated with law enforcement in ALICE training. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, and it’s training that’s intended to equip teachers with the knowledge they need to respond to crises, like having an active shooter at school.

About 120 MCC teachers and school staff participated in the training, which is conducted several times a year and has been since 2012, said Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Oscar Davila, who led the ALICE training.

“We want to continue to do safety training, crisis training throughout our school districts here in Mason County as a whole,” he said. “These are trainings that we’ve been pushing to do for a number of years. The school safety planning team has worked to develop these trainings, and Mason County Central has been forward-thinking with wanting to involve all their teachers and giving them the best training for their students and their staff.”

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