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School security system to give police access to camera feeds

Posted: 12:48 PM, Mar 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-24 12:48:38-04
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio K-12 school scheduled to open this fall will have a security system that would allow police to tap into its camera system.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Northridge district's new school in suburban Dayton would have blue pull-alarms throughout the building as part of the BluePoint Alert System.

Pulling an alarm would alert first responders to the location and nature of the emergency via pendants worn by staff. The system's software also would allow the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office to access the school's video-camera feed to view the area.

The system cost the district $132,558, plus an additional service fee once it is activated.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper says its members want an increased focus on addressing student behavioral issues, not on fortifying schools.