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      Ottumwa Community Schools implement new active shooter response program--A.L.I.C.E.

      Ottumwa Community Schools and the Ottumwa Police Department have joined forces to put in place a new active shooter response program for the school system.

      THE A.L.I.C.E. system is broken down into five steps--alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.

      The program takes a real look into an active shooter situation and teaches students and teachers what tactical advantages they have if a situation might occur.

      Evans Middle School Principal Dave Harper said this program provides another level to the crisis intervention program.

      Wednesday afternoon's training was designed to give staff a baseline of the program.

      "A.L.I.C.E. is not something we'll put on the shelf and leave there," said Harper. "This is something where we'll do some hands-on training later this year, and then we'll do refresher training through the year. And it's just like our fire drills and our tornado drills. We'll continue to drill on it or rehearse it throughout the year."

      The school system believes the A.L.I.C.E. program provides the best chance of surviving an active shooter situation.