Active Shooter Training for Ludington Teachers and Law Enforcement

“We send our kids off to school for six eight hours a day, and we trust that the teachers and the faculty’s protecting our kids. We need to provide them, you know, with the training to successfully do that,” Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said. 

Mason County law enforcement says the old school approach to lock-downs was withholding information and keeping kids silent.

“It’s kind of a change in a mindset,” Active Shooter Trainer Tony Custer said. “We used to think we could put kids in a corner and we could keep them safe, and that’s not realistic.”

Local teachers and Mason County law enforcement participated in ALICE training to learn what to do in the case of an active shooter.

“When we get into the counter, things could be anything from a textbook, to a stapler to a pair of scissors to anything they can throw.”

ALICE stands for alert, lock-down, inform, counter and evacuate — different ways people can respond if a shooter enters the building.

“People need to be alert. We need to ,you know, still have our lockdowns, but we can enhance those lockdowns,” Custer said. “We need to have information flowing. The information’s gotta flow both ways.”

The program taught teachers how to communicate with police and vice versa. Instructors posed as gunmen and lead simulations with different scenarios.

“The neat thing about this professional development is we are role players,” Ludington High School Teacher Mark Willis said. “We are active participants so we can see for ourselves how effective this is.”

He’s excited to teach his students what he’s learned.

“For myself, I’m going out as a teacher I’m buying lots of rope so I can barricade the door and have students get objects to throw, you know, at a person,” Willis said.