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Centralia R-VI staff review strategies, tactics to protect students from active shooters

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 3:03 pm

Nearly 200 people endured smoke, smashing red lights and, some, the sting of AirSoft projectiles hitting their skin.

ALICE training in action at CHS

The event was the bi-annual ALICE training at the Centralia R-VI School District. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

Have a plan, react quickly and understand that student safety is everybody’s primary goal.

Centralia R-VI School Resources Officer and CPD patrolman David Davenport and R-VI Superintendent Stephen Chancellor agreed those were the primary goals and desired takeaways from the January 3 Centralia R-VI School District ALICE training.

Davenport said regarding the CHS-based portion of the training which involved filling a hallway with red strobe light-lit smoke and teachers slamming chairs and tables against doors to repel and obstruct black-clad intruders, “that in times of an anonymous active shooter you are going to have to think and act quickly to properly secure a classroom and protect the students.”

Other points, Davenport said, included:

• Teamwork goes a long way when trying to save lives

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.