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Panic Buttons In NJ Schools Proposed By Essex Assemblyman

Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo's plan would also install red emergency lights outside schools.

An Essex County Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would equip New Jersey public schools with a silent panic alarm that could be triggered in the event of an emergency, NJ101.5 reported.

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Belleville, said that it makes sense to link a panic button from schools to local law enforcement.

Caputo told 101.5 that legislators and police officers each support the bill.

esther January 16, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Hey unfunded- you tell me - how much is one child's life worth?
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 January 16, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Does this kind of discussion really benefit our children? Does it make them more secure? Or does this discussion simply not lead to more copy-cat irrational killings. We can all ensure our phones are able to speed-dial 911. We can give every administrator and every teacher a panic button. We can put a policeman or armed veteran or armed parent in every school, every classroom, on every corner. We can put bulletproof glass in all school doors and windows. We can put a police sub-station in front of every school with a huge sign: "Beware Crazy Shooters, Police!" None of these actions are likely to actually stop or even significantly deter an angry Montclair 16-year old armed with semi-automatic weapons, hand guns, and anything else dad and mom might have in the home arsenal to ensure their constitutional rights. We should reflect more on what kind of a society we want to live in and what kind of an environment we want our children to grow up in. Rather than investing in a culture of fear and militarism, monies that go to our schools should be used to teach our children to act responsibly, no matter how disjointed their week has been, no matter how angry they are.
esther January 17, 2013 at 01:26 AM
I am confused- 1. How much exactly is a child's life worth? 2. I am sure the district consults with a security company to determine best practice. 3. It cannot be a good idea for the best plan to be pulling a fire alarm with students pouring into hallways looking to escape running directly into an armed gunman or gunmen. As a matter of fact take a look at Columbine- that was the plan. 4. You pose too many questions - but your first one is the most troubling. I stand by mine. There is no price that I wouldn't spend to ensure my children's safety in our public school. NONE- ZERO. So you can ask as many questions as you want but to me- only my question is most important. What we need is problem solving.
Sick of the trolls January 17, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Oh dear. I have soiled myself again. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can avoid this but still maintain my high fiber diet?
Mary August 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Honestly, I can't see how much of a difference this would make. On the one hand, response time might increase, on the other, it may not and much needed funds would pay for this and not students' educations. I graduated from the Stuart Day Country School in Princeton and I can't remember if anything similar talks took place there, but I can see this as both a thing that would have made me fee safe as a student and alarmed me as a teenager.

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