Phoebe Halmori, Freshman

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“I like the fact that it gives multiple options. It makes me feel more safe in my classroom and I think that that is really important.”

Officer Dowd

“From what I understand, I mean I haven’t had a lot of exposure to Yik Yak yet, but from other officers and other departments that I have talked to, Yik Yak is being abused more than it’s being a meeting place for people…I think the standards that they put out like ‘make sure it's quality content’ and ‘make sure you’re old enough’ – none of that is being followed. From what I understand, like from other officers from other departments, it’s one of the biggest, from Snapchat to this, is now one of the biggest cyber bullying apps that’s starting to emerge.” –Officer Dowd, Andover Police Department

“Instead of just locking down the room you can get out if you need to. The first thing that ALICE wants you to do is evacuate, if you can, and then after that lockdown or barricade. It doesn’t just force people into one certain thing. The con to ALICE is the perception of what people think it is. They think we will be training kids how to fight, and how to do moves, so it gets a negative reputation. They think our kids will fight against other students. We can’t let people sit there and allow the intruder to let them do what they want to do, like Virginia Tech.”

Griffin Clark, Junior

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“A pro is that it’s more active and that you’re not just sitting in the classroom waiting for whatever the threat is to come get you. A con is that if the person is not coming to find people then you could be putting yourself in more danger by leaving the classroom.”

Mr. Berube, Librarian

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“It gives people the freedom to make choices in what is inevitably going to be a fluid and chaotic situation. I really can’t think of any cons. It’s a great improvement over what went before, which was [a] very sort of rigid form of ‘This is what we’ll do in this instant,’ which really wouldn’t fit whatever came up.”

Mr. Norton, Assistant Principal

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“Well the pros are it gives you options that lets you use judgement and common sense. Potentially it could be very confusing for people, I would suppose. I think it would be confusing because there are various options, [and] sometimes some people just like to have certain straight line protocols. [Sometimes] you have to use judgement and common sense if there’s a certain situation. Sometimes staying in one place, sheltering in one place is not the best option.”

Ms. Gould, Guidance Office- Registrator

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“I don’t know much about ALICE training but what I know is from hearsay, I think it sounds stupid. From what I’ve heard I don’t know if it would be effective or safe for the students or me.”

Sophie Baird, Senior

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“I think it’s a lot smarter because it definitely depends on where the intruder is in our school in order for teachers and students to react appropriately and efficiently.”

Alan Hibino, Math Teacher

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“The pros of the ALICE training [are that] it gives teachers a plan, as well as a back-up plan. It is 2014 and the school needs to stay updated on the best methods for protecting our students. The cons would probably be the fact that this is not foolproof, and that the teachers are being so heavily relied upon. If a teacher panics, they are putting over 25 students in danger and that is an issue due to the high volume of students in the building.”

Cam Burton, Senior

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“I believe that the ALICE training is a great thing because if teacher[s] see a situation in which they should act they will not be reluctant to help their classes.”