Focus on evacuation during active shooter training at Toledo school

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - As children head back to class this year unfortunately one of the first lessons many teachers are working on pertain to safety in the classroom and dealing with active shooters.

That was part of the lesson Wednesday at Central Catholic High School.

The training is called ALICE: Alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. The focus of that training is that last E, evacuate.

During that training for faculty and staff there were some drills on how to engage an active shooter. Lessons learned from previous school shootings where students were shot and killed while waiting and huddled in classrooms. They are lessons learned from the shooting at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

The idea is not to run and hide but run and get out. Get out of the building as soon as possible in any way possible and making sure students and faculty know the safest ways out.

"However you can do that. Communicate over PAs, monitoring cameras. Who's looking at the cameras during an emergency at the school to say yes the perpetrator is at this entrance, everyone else needs to get out then? That's been the biggest change,” said Head of School Kevan Parkins.

This training can not only be used in a school situation but in any public place if teachers ever encounter an active shooter.

What's also an asset for Central Catholic, if anything should happen, is that the Mercy Health police force is right across the street at Saint Vincent's hospital. So in an emergency they may be the closest and the first to respond.