Congressman John Barrow is introducing new legislation that would increase school security. The new technology would act as a panic button system. This means that if an intruder barged into a classroom, teachers or students could press a panic button and deputies could arrive to the scene as soon as possible.
Monday, Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Major Scott Peebles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, joined Congressman Barrow in a press conference to announce the need for the program. They say technology like this is even more important after seeing what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. Some states and government leaders already have a panic button system in place. And while officials say it's time for Richmond County to get one as well, it will take an act of congress to make it happen.
"What I introduced last week is technology that would bring back that program, and specifically include as an authorized subject of the legislation technology that would enable the school system to respond and bring emergency responder into the class room immediately upon a call for help. Basically panic button technology," said Congressman John Barrow.
This grant would pay for nearly all costs associated with the program. Congressman Barrow says on average is around $30 million to operate. The National Sheriff's Association is also working to get this passed in the House.
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