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'Panic buttons' approved for all Seminole County schools

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Just a month-and-a-half shy of the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut and districts miles away, like Seminole County, are implementing safety measures in response.
"We react to everything that happens in our society so certainly Sandy Hook brings a the need for us to do a safety audit to the forefront," said Michael Blasewitz, Executive Director of Secondary Education for Seminole County Public Schools.
Last year following the shooting at Sandy Hook, the Seminole County School Board budgeted to install panic buttons in every school in Seminole county in addition to some other district buildings.
"It's going be at the entrance to the school and so it's a direct connect to our security company and direct notification to the police in the event of an emergency," Blasewitz said.
Some Seminole County schools already have the panic buttons, which were left up to the discretion of leaders at each individual school, but at tonight's school board meeting, board members moved forward to make the buttons standard at all schools in the district.
"Obviously, it's being implemented to ensure student safety anything that we can do to make our building secure, and subsequently our student secure is always a good thing," Blasewitz said.
Just a day after a middle school student opened fire at his school, killing a teacher and injuring two students in Nevada, district officials say the new safety measure can't come soon enough.
"As society change we must adjust," Blasewitz said.
District leaders say the cost of installing the additional panic buttons is about $45,000 dollars.

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