Univeristy of Akron's "Defense Plan" Codename ALICE
My girlfriend is a student at the University of Akron. She just told me today that Campus Police are holding classes on how to deal with a shooter on school grounds.
Basically they are telling the students that if they all throw their Laptops at the Shooter and then rush him that they will adequately eliminate the threat. They "demonstrate" how it is possible for a 5 girls to take down an Officer wielding a plastic gun.
I think this is the Dumbest idea I have ever heard of. They fail to mention the fact that the first couple of kids will undoubtedly get shot in the process. If they really wanted to make the students safer all they need to do is allow Faculty and Students to CC.
The door of a college classroom and the nearest desk are about 10 feet apart. If a gunman who is already agitated comes in and has a book thrown at him and people start rushing him. This will either scare him into shooting or it will anger him to the pooint of shooting everyone. That 10 feet is a lot of distance to close while dodging bullets.
I wish I could see this demonstration that the Campus Police do. I'm sure the officer was not being very combative.
This is very upsetting because it seems the higherups would rather Sacrifice students lives while giving the students a false sense of security then deal with the politics of allowing students to CC and adequately defend themselves.
I'm pretty sure 10 bullets would be a whole heck of a lot more effective than 10 students. Not to mention less collateral damage.
AKRON -- The days of college students being frozen in panic while a shooter takes aim are over. At least, that's the idea behind a new hands-on program now being taught to students at the University of Akron.
ALICE -- Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate -- is the latest buzz phrase on campus as students and staff look to be ready should someone begin taking aim on campus.
"Law enforcement is not the true first responders in an incident like this," said Sgt. Chad Cunningham, University of Akron Police. "It's actually the students, faculty and staff that might be in that classroom."
Cunningham's training encourages would-be victims to avoid the urge to hide under a desk or just freeze and to instead take aim at the suspect with whatever they can throw. Hopefully, the shooter is disrupted enough that students can then swarm the bad guy by grabbing each of his limbs and pinning him to the ground. If possible, secure the weapon while someone calls for help. Meanwhile, those not involved in the take-down evacuate immediately.
Those who took the training Monday at Kolbe Hall said it was a worthwhile experience, both physically and mentally.
"If that happened to me, I would probably throw whatever is on my desk and then run at (the shooter)," said freshman Patsy Kozlowski. "Distract him and then like grab on to his leg and pull him down."
Kozlowski and four other female students tackled Cunningham as he came at them with a plastic gun. The idea was to show that when students work together, even the smallest of people can subdue the largest of killers.
"I've always wondered what would happen if someone barged in on a class," said Freshman Katie Lowe. "I wouldn't really know how to act until now."
So far, nearly 600 students and staff have completed ALICE training, which includes getting them to think differently every time they come to campus, Cunningham said.
"Changing their mindset from a mindset they've been taught since they were in grade school," he said. "Changing it to a 'survival' mindset of how to deal with it, how to counter it, and how to have options to deal with a situation like Virginia Tech."
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