Rapid City Area Schools learn new training on how to handle active shooter

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Rapid City Area School staff is getting hands on training on how to handle an active shooter.
For years and years, teachers have been used to locking down when a crisis situation occurs, but now that's all changed.

South Middle School Liaison Officer, Matthew James, says, "Your action is dependent on the situation."

ALICE, alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.
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"Attention staff, attention staff, initiate ALICE, active shooter on third level."

Chaos, a reality when dealing with an active shooter.
That's why ALICE was created, which is completely different than the traditional lockdown that staff is so used to.

James says, "We have a crisis situation, we lock the doors, we shut the lights off and we kind of hide in the corner and wait for the bad person to come and get us."

But, ALICE changes that, giving teachers options instead.

James says, "If it's safe to evacuate, we're going to evacuate us and our students. If it's not safe to do so, we may lockdown, but we're going to add additional things inside of the room, we're going to barricade our door, we're going to counter and give us the best possibility at survival."

For teachers, this procedure is very new.

South Middle School P.E. Teacher, Brice Stapert, says, "It's kind of scary actually to think about a situation like this that could occur, but it's a good feeling knowing that we're putting a plan together. We obviously need to, you know, to be prepared for a situation like this."

Liaison Officer Matthew James says it's important that we here in Rapid City are making this change and it's scary that we've been doing it wrong for so long.
He says ALICE increases odds for survival and it's important for teachers and staff to be prepared.

James says, "In a crisis situation, if I'm at one side of the school and we have an incident occurring at another side, we can get our students out and we can get them out of that situation before it comes to us."