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Student Safety Drill Upsets Parent

DELAWARE COUNTY (Tara Morgan) -- The mother of a 10-year-old was furious after finding out students were learning how to fight back against a gunman.

The lesson revolved around ALICE training, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evaluate.

As part of this training, Big Walnut Intermediate in Delaware County held a safety drill to teach students how to barricade a classroom door.

Big Walnut Principal Ryan McLane said it was a controlled drill and the scenario did not include an active shooter.

"We were not trying to scare the kids," he said. "This was a learning opportunity."

But parent Cathy Badger said the drill was ridiculous.

"You don't put it on the child," Badger said. "It's the adult's responsibility. That's why we're here -- to take care of the kids."

McLane said students wouldn't be expected to go one-on-one with a shooter, and that the barricade is more effective than a traditional lockdown.

The "counter" part of ALICE would be a last resort move.

"If I throw a stapler and that distracts the person, and I can get out the window or I can get out the door, then that's the better situation than us teaching these kids to hide in the corner hide under the desk," McLand said. "Because that has proven to not be effective."

Badger was not convinced, however, and called for armed guards at the school.

Aside from Badger, McLane said he received minimal complaints about Wednesday's drill.

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