- A North Texas school district is breaking new ground when it comes to active shooter safety.
- A new technology called Go-to-Green launches inside all campuses in the Pilot Point Independent School District.
- The Pilot Point ISD is the first school district in the country to use new technology aimed at protecting students and staff.
Pilot Point ISD Police Chief Brad Merritt explained how gunfire activates acoustic sensors installed in ceilings that light up and direct people away from an attacker or tell them to stay put in classrooms.
When a shooting happens, sensors turn red or green. Red means you don’t want to go in that direction because the shooter has been detected. Green indicates a pathway to safety. Red and blue strobe lights direct first responders to the shooter’s location, detected by cameras throughout campus then streamed to track their movement. “If somebody has evil in their heart so bad that they want to come into a school and do this, they’re going to find a way to do it,” said Merritt. “That’s where this system comes into play because it immediately alerts us of what’s going on.”
Taking Every Precaution
Between the new technology and arming some teachers, Merritt said the district is taking every precaution possible to mitigate an active shooter situation. They’re precautions providing peace of mind for teachers like Clark, and training she hopes she’ll never need. “It’s something that’s amazing to have. I’m thankful for the technology, but I hope to God I never have to see it in action,” said Clark.
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