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Dealing with armed intruders at schools

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On Thursday, Canton Police Detective Chip Yeaton, a school resource officer, will present the School Committee with information about a training program that has drawn widespread attention since being adopted in the public schools a few months ago. The program known as ALICE — alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate — trains staff and students to respond to an armed intruder with active decisions, such as barricading classroom doors; coordinating on-the-spot evacuations; and, if all else fails, throwing objects and using body weight to topple a shooter. About half of the district’s staff has been trained, and when that process is complete, the students will be trained as well, according to Yeaton.

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