Paul Zinni, Superintendent
18 King Street
Norfolk, MA 02056
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
King Philip High Faculty, Staff Undergo Violent Intruder Training
WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni reports that King Philip Regional High School teachers and staff underwent violent intruder training earlier this month.
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Wrentham Police Department and King Philip Regional High School held an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) active shooter training session in the auditorium.
ALICE is a training method that helps prepare individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter or violent intruder. It also teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety during an act of violence.
These skills seek to empower teachers, staff and students to make decisions that could save their lives.
“Proper safety training and preparedness are paramount when it comes to keeping our students and faculty safe,” Superintendent Paul Zinni said. “The ALICE method is the new standard and has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. This training session is just one of many things being done district-wide to address student safety and school security.”
In September, KP High Principal Lisa Mobley and a group of students from KPTV created a video that explains the ALICE approach. The video, which depicts students acting out scenes using the ALICE method, was shared with all students and staff at the beginning of the school year.
“The video was a great success and the KPTV students did an excellent job putting it together,” Principal Mobley said. “It is unfortunate that in this day and age we have to teach our students these things. But if the unspeakable were to ever occur, we will have taught them and our staff the most recent and up-to-date methods to protect themselves and others.”
In addition to the high school, King Philip Middle School has also taken steps to address student safety. A video, similar to the video created by the high school students, was made by a group of middle school students with the help of the Norfolk Police Department.
Two training sessions were held last month to discuss safety, not only at school, but in public places such as malls, movie theaters and office buildings during violent intruder attacks.