|Framingham to get $60K for active shooter-detection system; $7.2 million distributed to 143 districts||October 15, 2019|
|Zane Razzaq 508-626-3919||Metrowest Daily News|
At a round table discussion at Walsh Middle School Tuesday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $7.2 million in grants awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security with the Executive Office of Education.
FRAMINGHAM - A $60,000 gunshot-detection system that will be installed at the high school is a "piece of the puzzle" in school safety, according to the district's safety and security director.
"It's not the only piece, it's not a fix-all, but it's a piece of the puzzle whether it be social-emotional learning, IDs on the teachers and students or a visitor management system," said Eugene Scott Penrod.
Framingham and 142 other districts will receive money from the state to "harden" their buildings and upgrade technology in order to improve safety. At a roundtable discussion Tuesday morning at Walsh Middle School, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $7.2 million in grants awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security with the Executive Office of Education.
A discussion was led by Superintendent Robert Tremblay.
The Sudbury school district will use its share - $41,550.46 - to buy walkie-talkies, while Natick will spend its $19,995 to purchase an electronic visitor management technology. Other districts will use the money for exterior door locks, surveillance video cameras, security shades, and emergency kits.
Baker said the state "thought about this as a two-pronged approach." Want news like this sent straight to your inbox? Head over to MetroWestDailyNews.com to sign up for alerts and make sure you never miss a thing. You pick the news you want, we deliver.
"One was to see what we could do to provide support for schools around social and counseling services to see if we could help schools use that funding to do a better job of figuring out what's going on in the building and especially what's going on with kids who feel isolated or ostracized by the rest of the community," said Baker. "And then secondly, to give schools some of the resources they need to put in place some of the hard architecture around preventing or limiting what might come about as a result of one of these types of incidents."
The new active shooter system will "integrate into other systems at the school" to automatically notify police if there is a gunshot and where, said Penrod. It means first responders would not need to rely on phone calls from people in the school if there is a shooting.
"It takes people out of the equation - time is precious. Time equals lives," said Penrod.
Also part of the equation is the social and emotional safety of students, said Judy Styer, director of health and wellness in Framingham schools. Projects include revising the district's code of conduct to craft a more "restorative" version, initiatives to help socially isolated students, and a roll-out of social-emotional curriculum in elementary schools.
While not as expensive as this creature , this is another boondoggle. I can envision it being used when a school resource officer shoots his/her self in the foot.
I would like to know who requested this, and more to the point, why?
Is someone planning a false flag attack to get more monies for the schools?
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