Some schools in Northeastern Wisconsin are looking at a new way to keep kids safe during an active shooter situation.
A new program called ALICE modifies some of the traditional methods of lockdown procedures. In the Marinette schools, the program is aimed at saving lives.
Four years ago a 15-year-old student held classmates and his teacher hostage for six hours and then took his own life. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. Schools like Marinette High School in Wisconsin say the key to the program includes law enforcement.
"First and foremost you have to have a strong relationship with law enforcement," says Corry Lambie, principal of Marinette High School. "A situation like this requires a comfort level with law enforcement and their comfort level with your district and your buildings. Secondly keep your community as informed as possible about what they need to know about training and things like that; that they know their students are safe."
The ALICE program includes regular training for teachers and staff throughout the school year. The administration says it also puts teachers and staff in a proactive role.
ALICE is not just for schools. It's also used in businesses and hospitals.