The number of school shootings around the country has increased in recent years and it is especially important for teachers to be prepared for them. Millersville University Police Chief, Peter Anders held an active shooter training session in January for student teachers prior to their field experience. He discussed various emergency response tactics to use in the classroom with the 240 students that were in attendance.
Ander’s training session focused on the school security response program, ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. He also showed the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run, Hide, and Fight” video.
“It is part of our reality that we have to think about what we would do if we were to be caught in an active shooter event,” said Anders. Anders recommends that anyone interested in watching the video can view it on the University Police website: http://www.millersville.edu/police/run_hide_fight.php.
Local schools, such as Penn Manor, have started to send their teachers and staff to ALICE training, as lockdown protocols are no longer applicable in all situations.
“I feel it is important to give teachers options toward what they should do if they are suddenly encountered with a gunman shooting in their school,” said Anders. According to Anders, exiting the location, whether it is a school, mall, movie theater, or church, is the best option for survival.
“Our students will look to teachers as to what to do during an active shooter event. It is important for our teachers to be empowered toward what actions they feel are the best actions to take in that type of situation,” said Anders. He is hoping to hold future intruder training sessions for student teachers before they go into the field.
For more information on the intruder training at Millersville University, contact Chief Anders at Peter.Anders@millersville.edu.