Students taught to counteract active shooters

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, October 29 2014 Oct 29, 2014 Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:00:00 PM CDT October 29, 2014 in News
By: Julia Avery, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Schools across the country are teaching their students how to respond if an intruder enters the building. The Columbia Public School District has changed its procedures over the last couple of years, and students said they feel safer with the new tactics. Some of these tactics however may surprise some.  

Active Intruder procedures nationwide have changed since the events of the Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. Some school districts including Columbia Public School District have adopted a new practice called ALICE Training. ALICE prepares students to find other options besides hiding, if possible.

Some fourth graders at Rock Bridge Elementary said they remember the old drills they did in kindergarten, and they think the way they do it now makes more sense.

"In Kindergarten we would just hide in a corner, but now that we know where [the intruder] is, we know to run from the building or find heavy or hard things [to throw]," Evan Mees said. 

Another fourth grade student, Jordyn Moore, said, "If we were all just shoved in a corner, we wouldn't know what to do or anything so it makes me feel a lot safer and better."

Columbia Public School District Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said research has shown a lot of the time there are better options for students than duck-and-cover.  

"You look at Columbine where a lot of the shootings happened in the library where kids were just hiding under desks," Baumstark said. "They were really close to an exit."

The new options are explained in the name ALICE. It is an acronym to further help children remember the procedures. Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate are all viable options when there is an active shooter in the building. 

With new technology in many schools, cameras can detect who is on the premises and, if already inside, where the shooter is in the building. With the new systems, no one is able to enter the school buildings without a key or buzzing in and being granted permission to enter by the front office.  

Knowing where the shooter is located is the key to the new tactics. If the intruder is said to be on one side of the building, that allows the other side to evacuate and run to a designated safe zone. 

For the classrooms on the side of the school with the intruder, they are to barricade the doors and prepare to evacuate through another door or window or to counter. 

Counter is the part of the acronym that has risen discussion. ALICE teaches to counteract if confronted by an active shooter. The idea is to throw heavy objects at the shooter to either injure or distract. This method depends on the age of the student and is stressed that it is an option of last resort.

Baumstark sent KOMU 8 some online videos that show examples of these procedures. One video showed high school students tackling an active shooter and "swarming him into subdue until police arrived".    

Some Columbia teachers have canned goods in place for the students to throw at the shooter to distract him long enough for them to run. These counter tactics have raised some questions, but the statistics prove they are the best options.

In a recently released FBI Report: "A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013", it was stated that, "In 13.1 percent of incidents, the situation ended after unarmed citizens safely and successfully restrained the shooter. In 52 percent of those incidents, unarmed principals, teachers, other school staff and students confronted the shooters to end the threat. In 48 percent of those incidents, citizens, working or shopping when the shootings began, successfully restrained shooters until police could arrive. These actions likely saved the lives of students and others present."  

In some situations, waiting for the police to arrive is not an option. The study also found that 69 percent of the incidents lasted 5 minutes or less with 36 percent of those ending in 2 minutes or less.

"Some [CPSD] schools are able to evacuate an entire building in less than 30 seconds," Baumstark said. "That's because we practice, constantly practice." 

CPSD schools are still in the process of training all of their students. Drills are frequently done throughout the district, and speakers are brought in to go over the process. 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation for a primary seatbelt law has been filed by the Missouri House Transportation Committee chairman. This... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:03:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters have found two bodies while battling a blaze in a Kansas City, Kansas, home.... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:53:16 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
CARTHAGE (AP) — A former employee of a Carthage rehabilitation center was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:38:59 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police found 23 individually vacuum-sealed plastic bags of marijuana on Monday in a package delivered by FedEx. ... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:22:00 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Missouri woman has been charged in the drowning death of her 6-month-old son. The... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:54:03 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the fatal shooting of... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:43:49 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Janesville police say the victim of a homicide was stabbed at least 30 times. ... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:37:00 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Fire crews have found a woman dead while putting out a fire in a suburban... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:28:02 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Board of Adjustment will hear from the public Tuesday morning about issuing a conditional... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:42:00 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - It's a topic that many people shy away from, but one man came to Columbia to talk about... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 8:25:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Terron Wings says he considers himself blessed he can now call himself an “American taxpayer.” Wings, 37,... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:27:27 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A Special Olympics Missouri plan nearly a decade in the making could become a reality as soon as... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:12:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted to approve ballot language for a $30 million bond issue Monday night... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:01:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – High winds and dry conditions warranted additional safety precautions for fire safety Monday in central Missouri. The... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 6:04:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
RENICK – The Beamer family was on the porch of their Randolph County home at the beginning of the storm... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 5:21:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
ROCHEPORT - Consolidated Water issued a boil order advisory for parts of Howard County Monday due to a water main... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 4:29:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
ORONOGO (AP) — Homeowners living near a gun range in southwest Missouri are concerned about stray bullets that have been... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:32:30 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - When someone goes to the doctor for a checkup, they might expect the regular look at their eyes,... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:15:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
3pm 35°
4pm 35°
5pm 33°
6pm 33°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
2:00p
Maury
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
The Goldbergs

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
9:00p
Chicago Med
7:00p
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017
8:00p
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld