Pittsford trying panic alarms in schools

Updated: February 13, 2020 07:22 AM
Created: February 13, 2020 07:19 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Could a panic alarm have saved 17 people at a high school in Parkland Florida?

The deadly mass school shooting happened two years ago Friday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Family members of one of the victims are appealing to New York State lawmakers to put a panic alarm in every public school.

"On February 14th, 2018, my cousin Alyssa Alhadeff took her last breath and died from being shot ten times," Jadyn Turner recently told Albany lawmakers.

It is the mission of Alhadeff's family members to lobby lawmakers in every state to make panic alarms a reality.

Two New York State Democrats are on board and are now calling on fellow Albany lawmakers to pass Alyssa’s Law.

The alerts transmit information to 911 dispatchers and police, giving the precise location of the caller, school floor plans and live video feeds from cameras on campus.

The Pittsford Central School District is trying something similar. In Pittsford the buttons are in the main offices of every school building and can send an alert to first responders as well as students and staff inside the building.

"That is why we must pass Alyssa's law so I can go to school feeling safe and so that not one more child has to run out of their school screaming because they saw a bullet go through a classmate while sitting in math class," Turner said. "And so that every parent can send their son or daughter to school and know that they'll be able to hug them when they walk back through the door."

The alarms are still in the testing phase in Pittsford, but are expected to be ready by the end of this school year.

Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Jersey have joined Florida and passed versions of Alyssa's Law.

Two measures in the House of Representatives await approval.

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