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Jackson Madison County schools attend an active shooter workshop

“We got into this business to provide education and safety for our children,” says Leah Gray

It's a workshop the Jackson Madison County schools safety and security program created six years ago.

“This is just something else that we can do to make sure that our kids are in a safe environment,” she says.

It's all about training safety coordinators on how to react in the case that an active shooter enters one of their schools.

Active shooter situations can be hard to imagine but, in this workshop,, teachers are gaining the necessary tools for their toolbox to keep their schools safe.

Safety coordinators went through a series of scenarios with the shooter appearing in unexpected situations.

They also learned to keep the acronym A.L.I.C.E. in mind if the circumstance ever appears.

It stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate.

With counter meaning to create a distraction, not to fight.

Vice Principal Terrance Morris says, “In the light of recent events we want to make sure our schools are prepared, we have a plan in place for the safety of our students and our staff.”

Morris’ next step is to meet with the safety team at her school and revise their plans.

Like Morris said, the goal at the end of the day is to try and provide ultimate safety for everyone.

She shares a very simple but her most valuable tip to stay safe: keep your doors locked.

No matter where you are, a dangerous situation could present itself and doing something is always better than not doing anything.

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