A Georgia Congressman wants to re-authorize a 30 million dollar grant program to get panic buttons in school systems across the county. News Three spoke to Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr who says these buttons could cut down on response time.
Sheriff Darr says if the panic buttons could contact patrol units directly it would definitely decrease their response times. Representative John Barrow's legislation is hoping to do just that.
Barrow told the Augusta Chronicle, "What we need above all else it to improve response time so that the good guys can respond as quickly as possible."
James Horton, a local school principle, says panic buttons in schools would provide more options to teachers and administrators.
Horton says,"If the intruder was in your presence and you couldn't reach for a telephone certainly a panic button close by an able bodied secretary or someone at a particular station somewhere that would see the danger and be able to alert."
Horton says Grace Christian already practices many safety measures. He says the entrances and exits are always locked throughout the school day. Horton also says the school is beginning to implement other safety measures throughout the school and the panic button would be a welcome addition.
"It's just another secure measure for people to feel that they can go to school here and know that if there's a problem helps going to get here quickly because of something like that which could possibly be in place here," says Horton.
At Grace Christian, Horton says safety is the main concern. He says they try to do their best to keep the building secure so that the parents feel comfortable in sending their children to the school.
Rep. Barrow wants the buttons installed from 2014 to 2018.
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