My school system decided about three years ago to go with A.L.I.C.E. Training as a way to deal with armed intruders. We have been trained as a staff and are now starting to teach the children. I don't know what the best plan is for dealing with an intruder, but I feel at least A.L.I.C.E gives us something to work with instead of cowering in a corner and hoping for the best. I am very proud of my district for making a decision and sticking with it. My system is notorious for changing their minds. Also, I must say the training has been very traumatic/emotional for me because it really brings home the what if....There is no escaping reality when dealing with this topic, and my first thought is to stick my head in the sand and ignore it. Yes, I know that sounds immature, but it is how I feel. We have parents that are starting to complain that they feel the A.L.I.C.E plan is stupid and shouldn't be taught to any of the students. They just want their child to break a window and run down the street. I feel these types of comments show their ignorance ( I don't mean that in a mean way.) and perhaps their own fear. I know they need educated, and they are being educated. I guess my whole point is that I am angry they are so negative about the whole situation. Until this was brought to their attention they never said a word about the what if. They don't seem to trust the school system is trying to do what is best for their children. They don't seem to appreciate how traumatic the whole situation, or thought of the situation really happening, is to us as educators. I just really needed to vent. Thank you for listening.