New technology hopes to help deter school shootings

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
Email: aharris@wwltv.com | Twitter: @antwanharris

NEW ORLEANS -- A demo plays of a new ballistic-proof glass. A man pounds at it with a hammer and still not a single scratch on the surface.

It's just one of the many ways security companies are going a step further to help make schools more secure, and at a cost-effective price.

“Education funding has been cut and technology is a good way to replace and enhance security needs for schools," said Augustine Pescatore, president of N.A.S.S.L.E.O.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, school administrators across the country looked at security upgrades of all sorts. More cameras, fingerprint readers and more officers on campus were the immediate plans in place.

Dr. Janet Robinson, Newtown's former school superintendent, said the massacre changed how we viewed school security at all grade levels.

"Most of us were concerned if an incident occurred it would be more apparent, domestic-type of situation,” Robinson said. “Sandy Hook brought home the worst of anyone's nightmares, and now we have to do what we can to make every student safe."

Two years later, she said that community is still healing from the tragedy.

“The healing process is slow and people move forward at their own paces. There is a lot of support in the communities. There has been a lot of coming together that has helped so many families,” she added.

Dozens of schools in Orleans Parish are now in the process of upgrading security measures.

School leaders say it could be a matter of years before the upgrades are complete.

 

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