Penn. high school stabbing prompts schools to improve safety

After the mass student stabbing in Pennsylvania high school, schools around the Pittsburgh area and nationwide are taking initiative to heighten safety, The Bradford Era reports.

“No school or public building can be totally secure against these horrible attacks; however, we continually examine ways in which we can improve our measures for student safety,” Bradford Area School District Superintendent Katharine Pude said.

Bradford City Police officer and school resource officer Heil “Butch” Bartlett, said the stabbing reinforces the need for emergency training scenarios besides those only involving firearms.

“Just as you’ve seen today (Wednesday), an active threat doesn’t have to be active shooter,” Bartlett said. “In my opinion a knife can be concealed in a pocket fairly easy.”

Received and taught by Bartlett, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training emphasizes any kind of active threat. Bartlett gave a presentation on the ALICE program to faculty and staff at University of Pittsburgh.

Read the full story here: Local schools assess safety after knife rampage

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