Some schools look to armed guards, new technology to prevent shootings

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The violence is incomprehensible and the loss of life is unbearable, but deadly school shootings seem to have become part of our lives.

Students, parents, school administrators and police continue to talk about layers of protection when it comes to emergency preparedness.

Security guard stations, checking in visitors before they enter the school building, emergency hotline phones that go directly to police headquarters and in some districts, armed guards are the steps area districts are taking.

“The armed personnel are there to stop a school shooter.  They're not serving as a security guard.  They're not breaking up a fight.  They're not checking in visitors or IDs.  They are here as a presence and to respond to an active shooter,” says Ed Caswell, Center Moriches High School principal.

Video: Southampton police Chief Steven Skrynecki on school security

Meanwhile, preparation is key, says Southampton Police Chief Steven Skrynecki.  For him, that means implementing a program giving the police the ability to access to school security cameras in the event of an emergency.

The software loads the school's floor plan over a Google map of the area. 

Ultimately the school camera system will be located in the 911 center and if there was a need to use it, an operator would be here at their station with a sergeant over their shoulder helping to relay information.

Meanwhile, the Tuckahoe School District is already on board and several others have said they are also interested. 
  
There are currently nine school districts in the town of Southampton, and the police chief says he's hoping all will choose to participate in the camera program.

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