Atchison County Deputy Devon Sons talks to Tarkio Jr. High and High School students (including Lily Graves at left) during an ALICE Active Shooter Training at the school January 26, 2018. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evac­uate) training instructor led classes provide prep­aration and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by a group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach. There are many ways to not become a victim, including alerting as many people as possible, distracting the intruder by throwing things at the subject, and evacuating (as Deputy Sons explains to Lily that even hanging out a window and then jumping to safety is a way to escape). To learn more about the ALICE training classes taught by Atchison County law enforcement, contact the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department at 660-744-6271.