The teachers had our very first ALICE drill after school today. Even though I'm only a sub, the principal wanted me to participate since I'm in a long term position. We all knew that the drill would take place at 3:30 and of course we all knew what to do. But at the first sound of the cap gun and the principal coming over the intercom to let us know where the 'shooter' was located, my heart started to race and my hands started to shake. The 'shooter' was in the main hall and as it happens, my class is in the main hall, so I got to do lock down. As I was locking down, I caught a glimpse of the 'shooter' - played by the director of student services - coming down the hall and it was even more scary. As I stood at the back of my classroom, my heart was racing. Like I knew it would be an experience, but I wasn't expecting the pure fear that I felt. All I could think was how do you do this with students? How do you move them to the back of the room, lock the door, turn out the lights and pull all the shades at the same time. All while keeping them absolutely silent. Has anyone else gone through an ALICE drill yet this year?