Newton schools teaching new active shooter training

Posted: Updated:
NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Students in the Newton school district have always been taught to gather in the corner of a room and hide if an intruder enters the building, but that's about to change. They'll now be taught to run away if they can.

Superintendent Deborah Hamm says working with local law enforcement they've learned instead of hiding, the children should run, and do what ever they can to get away.

"It provides for many opportunities for students to get away, teachers to get away."

The training is called ALICE, and it stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. The training is being adopted by more and more school districts across the U.S. Newton  parents will be sent letters soon outlining plans for the new training.

Even the students at Cooper Early Education Center, who are between the ages of 3 and 5-years-old, will be practicing for an active shooter the same way high school students will. The students will be put through drills that teach them how to safely run away from the school.

Some school districts, like Wichita, don't teach younger students to run. Parents in Newton say don't see a problem with it.

"I think it's a really good idea to get them to start knowing what they need to do," Aimee Brown said.

"I think they can understand and why, again, whatever makes them safest is what they need to do and if that's what they need to know then that's what protects them," Brant Bergren said.

Hamm says if a gunman does enter the school, a warning will go out over the intercom. While practicing these drills can help, there is no guarantee everyone will escape unharmed. Parents say it's difficult to imagine their child going through these motions. But more and more, they understand it's become necessary.

  • SchoolsMore>>

  • Goddard intermediate school undergoing major improvements

    Goddard intermediate school undergoing major improvements

    Discovery Intermediate School is about to undergo a major face lift. The school opened its doors in 1971 and for those in this community, so many memories have been made  behind these walls.

    Discovery Intermediate School is about to undergo a major face lift. The school opened its doors in 1971 and for those in this community, so many memories have been made  behind these walls.

  • University of Kansas paid $200,000 to settle assault lawsuit

    University of Kansas paid $200,000 to settle assault lawsuit

    Documents released by the University of Kansas show the school paid a $200,000 settlement to a former student who accused his theater professor of sexually assaulting him.

    Documents released by the University of Kansas show the school paid a $200,000 settlement to a former student who accused his theater professor of sexually assaulting him.

  • Kansas teacher honored for highlighting Polish Holocaust hero

    Kansas teacher honored for highlighting Polish Holocaust hero

    Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
    Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
    The Polish government and an American foundation are honoring a U.S. educator who together with his high school students made the world aware of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Sendler, a social worker and member of the wartime Polish resistance, risked her life to smuggle Jewish children out of Warsaw's ghetto and even under torture by the Germans refused to reveal the identities of those she saved. Her story wa...
    The Polish government and an American foundation are honoring a U.S. educator who together with his high school students made the world aware of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Sendler, a social worker and member of the wartime Polish resistance, risked her life to smuggle Jewish children out of Warsaw's ghetto and even under torture by the Germans refused to reveal the identities of those she saved. Her story wa...

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE