The Rapid City Area Schools are considering paying for a three-year contract to adopt ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training, reports the Rapid City Journal. ALICE is a training program designed to prepare students and teachers how to react in an emergency situation. Rapid City Police Sgt. Brian Blenner recently attended a training session in Sturgis in January says this is not promoting fighting, but evacuating and counter-actions when necessary. Rapid City School District Superintendent Lori Simon supports the plan and said the next step would be to vote on it at a regular board meeting.
The current policy is to go into a "lockdown" where lights are turned off and doors barricaded. ALICE is used in 3,700 school districts and over 3,200 law enforcement agencies and used in all 50 states according to the ALICE website.