Suffolk unveils School Active Violence Emergency hotline, panic button system for schools

The School Active Violence Emergency hotline, otherwise known as SAVE, is a panic button that connects schools directly to a 911 operator.

The School Active Violence Emergency hotline, otherwise known as SAVE, is a panic button that connects schools directly to a 911 operator. (8/29/13)

YAPHANK - Suffolk authorities today demonstrated a new emergency notification system aimed at keeping children safe in school.

The School Active Violence Emergency hotline, otherwise known as SAVE, is a panic button that connects schools directly to a 911 operator.

Legislator Sarah Anker, education committee chair, pushed for the system. She says it could be the first in the state.

Mt. Sinai, Longwood, Miller Place, East Moriches, Rocky Point and Hauppauge school districts are already interested in SAVE. The cost of the panic button is between $80 and $250, to be paid for by the individual districts.

Suffolk police say the system should be up and running in two to three weeks.

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