Iowa schools implement controversial emergency response plan

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

About half of Iowa's 30 largest school districts — including the Iowa City Community School District — have updated their emergency response policies, adopting a popular national program that safety experts say might not be the best choice.

The program, called ALICE, stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It's built around the idea that immediate response in emergencies involving violent intruders and active shooters is crucial to preventing and reducing loss of life.

However, some critics say the current security fad focuses too much on active shooter scenarios, neglecting more common dangers such as violent crime, including assaults.

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