Following shooting, Aztec Municipal Schools to get new 'panic button' app
January 23, 2019 05:15 PM
AZTEC, N.M. - New security technology is coming to Aztec Municipal Schools more than a year after the deadly shooting at the high school that claimed the lives of two students.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas unveiled the new app called "The Rave Panic Button" today.
The app includes five buttons. One is for an active shooter situation. Faculty and staff can push the button and law enforcement and other first responders will all be notified immediately.
Balderas and local leaders are hoping the technology will help save lives in the case of an emergency by cutting down on the time it takes to call police.
"While it is the expectation that they [schools] should be the safest places in our neighborhoods and in our communities, this isn't always the case," Balderas said.
The app is free for teachers at Aztec and Bloomfield High Schools because of funding from San Juan County.
"I don't see the app replacing radio, but being a great supplement particularly toward getting that communication out to everyone that needs it," principal of Aztec High, Dr. Warman Hall, said.
Other buttons included on the app are for fire emergencies, medical emergencies, police, or "other."
"I'm pretty excited that teachers are going to have an opportunity to have this. Even though, like, I really hope that we don't have a chance to use it," student Sarah Gifford said.
Updated: January 23, 2019 05:15 PM
Created: January 23, 2019 06:30 AM
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