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Many community members support ALICE training at Kalamazoo school board meeting

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Many community members support ALICE training at Kalamazoo school board meeting. (WWMT/Tarvarious Haywood)

Kalamazoo Public School Board members voted six to one Thursday to reinstate ALICE training in Kalamazoo public schools.

Board members approved reinstating an active shooter training program called alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, or ALICE, so students can prepare.

There were some parents in previous meetings that were upset with the way the Kalamazoo Public School district handled the initial training.

However, on Nov. 7, 2019, more than 20 community members spoke at the board meeting in favor of ALICE training, including students who said it allowed them to take ownership of their own lives.

“Through the ALICE training I know what to do if a shooter invades my school. Such trainings can be applied in many settings. Last time I checked school is not just for education it's also for awareness,” Debbie Williams, a senior at Kalamazoo Central, said.

For parents who do not what their child to participate in ALICE training, the district sent out a letter for parents to sign and return to the school.