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ALiCE methods taught to Riverside students

Pupils at Riverside Local Schools got a first-hand look Thursday at a program that could exponentially increase their chances of survival if the unthinkable event of an active shooter situation ever occurs at their school building.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Sgt. Scott Holbrook of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office presents an ALiCE training session for Riverside students Thursday in the high school gymnasium. This training that offers tips for combating an active intruder also was presented for all Riverside staff members during January and also at a parent information meeting. ABOVE LEFT: Riverside High School Principal Andy McGill shows a chain that has been installed by all classroom doors at the school building recently during the implementation of the ALiCE program. The goal of installing the chain closure is to impede an active shooter’s entrance into a classroom. ABOVE RIGHT: Hammers are being installed and secured in the window wells of Riverside Schools classrooms, and would serve as a tool for breaking out windows and escaping the building in the event of an active shooter situation. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

Sgt. Scott Holbrook of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office presented the ALiCE program — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Escape —  that arms participants with practical tips for how to combat an intruder.

During January, Riverside teachers and staff members went through a more in-depth version of the program, which was detailed in a feature story in the Examiner.

ALiCE also has been implemented at a number of other school districts in the area, including Bellefontaine and Indian Lake, along with schools in Hardin and Shelby counties.

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