By: Christine Souders
The Bettendorf School District is asking parents what they think about a new intruder response system called A.L.I.C.E..
At the first public forum Tuesday Night, Bettendorf parents heard for the first time from school leaders about A.L.I.C.E. which stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate.
To demonstrate the seriousness of the need to change the current lockdown system, they played an audio recording from a librarian who was killed at columbine, "Under the tables, kids! Heads under the tables."
10 people died in that Columbine Library where there were six exits.
Bettendorf High School Resource Officer Bruce Schwarz said they could have escaped, but students and teachers are trained to hide under the desks, "it's the people right here, right now, living in the moment that get to make the decision, some of those decisions may be to run."
That's where A.L.I.C.E. comes in, giving teachers and students options like creating distractions or getting out of the building based on information they get through the intercom.
"I think it's disturbing, but if police aren't there and we're not then it's every man for themselves, they got to do what they can," said Parent Matt Lamere.
"It definitely changed the way that we view school, and our kids there," said Parent Nancy Lamere.
Another parent who had questions about A.L.I.C.E. said he thinks this is the direction the Bettendorf School District should take.
"The younger kids and hot not to scare them, I think it needs to happen," said Dan Newman.
And all parents we talked to said no matter what, they just want their kids to be safe.
"I wouldn't want my children to be in that situation, but if they are, I want them to know what to do," said Matt Lamere.
They'll be another public hearing Wednesday night at 6 PM at the Mississippi Bend Agency in Bettendorf.
Educators will talk about the input from the public forums at the next school board meeting.