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NY bill would require schools to install silent panic alert in case of active shooter

A bill has been introduced in New York that aims to help kids safe in the classroom in the event of an active shooter.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2021, 9:47 PM

Updated 1,157 days ago

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A bill has been introduced in New York that aims to help kids safe in the classroom in the event of an active shooter.
Alyssa's Law is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, who was one of the 17 people killed during the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Her cousin Jadyn Turner goes to Nyack High.
"This bill is more than a name. It represents grief, sorrow and loss," Turner says.
The bill would require schools to install a silent panic alert. It could be either a button in each school or an app for teachers and students to connect to police.
The goal is to get officers to the scene faster - and without the shooter knowing.
Nyack Superintendent James Montesano says it will save lives.
Supporters say it could cost a few thousand dollars per district, and the state would reimburse them.
A similar law, also named after Alyssa, was signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in 2019.
Alyssa's mom, who Zoomed into a discussion about the bill from Florida, says she hopes New York will follow soon.
In less than seven minutes, the Parkland shooter killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.


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