State leaders considering ‘panic button’ for school active shooter response

New Mexico

State leaders are looking at new technology to help students in the case of an active shooter situation.

Officials say this panic button will allow responders to make better use of their resources.

“Our students, our teachers even in New Mexico are afraid. They’re afraid of the school shooting and the dangerous environment that they have to deal with,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. 

State leaders have been talking a lot lately about school safety following a rash of school shootings in the country, and one last year in our state.

Now they’re looking at new technology to help in the event there’s another here.

With a press of a button, help is on the way.

“This technology buys us more time,” said Major Gabriel Gonzales.

The Rave Mobile Safety software is being installed into Santa Fe County’s 911 center. Emergency officials hope to get every school in the county to use it.

“Most of these events last five minutes or less an the reality is teachers are the first first responders,” said Sean Lauziere.

Each school would create a profile with important information like floor plans or camera systems. 

“911 and school officials can have instant access to information like what building that call is coming from, GPS location who’s making the call what the emergency type is,” said Todd Miller with Rave Mobile Safety. 

Emergency officials say when the panic button is pressed, school staff and law enforcement are notified simultaneously.

“Buying us more time giving us more time to respond getting us that information, good information that is being relayed from someone on scene,” Gonzales said.

The Santa Fe superintendent says the district is always exploring new technology to make schools safer. She says the district will work to learn more about the program.

Ultimately, it would be up to the school board to decide if it will be implemented. As for who would pay for it, that’s still a big question.

It would cost about $2,000 per campus.

Officials said the app isn’t just for active shooter situations — schools could also use the app for medical emergencies.

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