Limestone County Schools could be first in the state with this system

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A safety system being used in several schools across the county could soon make its way to Limestone County Schools.

It’s a box which only administrators and teachers can open, filled with necessary tools in case of an emergency.

SafeDefend is the company behind the box which they say was created in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

The fingerprint operated box is filled with things like a reflective vest, a baton, a strobe light and other tools to break windows and cause distractions.

“It’s nice to know somebody is paying attention,” says retired teacher Sharon Dinkel.

Dinkel devoted 25 years to teaching elementary students and retired from Madison City Schools a few years before the Sandy Hook shooting.

She feels this level of safety in a classroom could help prevent tragedies in our schools.

“To have access to something that would let me know that somebody was coming immediately to help, would help a great deal,” says Dinkel.

Owner and creator of SafeDefend, Jeff Green says the idea came after the devastating event at Sandy Hook when at the time he served as a principal in Kansas.

“I noticed how vulnerable we were to a shooting or other dangers,” says Green.

As a principal and father Green meet with local law enforcement to come up with a way to enhance the safety in schools.

“We met to discuss ways to speed up response times and provide protection and distractions in the meantime,” says Green.

A box runs from $550 to $700. Aside from the tools and materials the company also equips staff with the proper training.

And although the box may not come in handy in all emergencies, Dinkel feels it’s a helpful approach.

“It’s hard to stay one step ahead of the individuals that are causing the havoc but I think we’re in the right direction,” says Dinkel.

Once a contract is signed Limestone County Schools will be the first district in the state with this technology. SafeDefend says they are in the talks with other schools in the area but they in the really early stages.

Limestone County Schools equip teachers to fight back in an active shooter situation

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Limestone County Schools are able to fight back against those who want to do harm to students. The school system was the first in the state of Alabama to have an armed school resource officer at every campus, and now they are breaking ground again being the first to implement a technology that will equip teachers to fight back against attackers.

The technology new technology is called SafeDefend. It’s a small box that will be in every room in the Limestone County School System. The device aims to mitigate response time, and protect student life all at the touch of a finger. The days of depending on a “Main Office” to respond to an active shooter situation are long gone.

“In Sandy Hook the first 10-15 seconds he killed the principal, a teacher , teacher and secretary,” explained Limestone County Superintendent, Tom Sisk.

By having a device in every classroom, teachers and staff are able to take control of a situation instantly and implement an escape and evacuation plan in the case of an active shooter.

The box uses biometric technology to activate, meaning teachers and will use their thumbprint to open the box. The instant the SafeDefend is activated the exact classroom and school location is sent to all local and state first responders. This drastically reduces response time, shaving precious minutes off the arrival of aide.

Another benefit of the box are the lifesaving contents found inside. Teachers and staff will be trained on how to use the non-lethal items inside the box to help distract and defend students. The school board does not wish to disclose what the items are kept inside for teacher to use.

“Not only does it allow teacher to notify authorities from any room it empowers teachers to fight back,” said Superintendent Sisk. “If somebody comes to Limestone County and tries to hurt our kids, we will defend them.”

The SafeDefend system will be fully implemented after the first of the year. The system cost the school board $350,000 to equip all schools with the potentially lifesaving technology.

Kansas City man invents system to protect children in mass shootings

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The number of children killed by gun fire inside schools has left the country stunned.

The latest shooting resulted in nine students getting killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

As the nation mourns their deaths, a local man says he has the solution to protect kids in these mass killings.

“It started shortly after Sandy Hook, actually Sandy was the catalyst for me,” said former De Soto School District principal and SafeDefend inventor Jeff Green.

Green says it was never meant to be a business, just a dad and principal protecting his children.

“We saw this in Oregon as well – one of the things that really stands out is we are on our own until help gets there, Green said. “So what can we do as far as information and as far as training and tools to provide those in that crisis moment the ability to survive until help gets there.”

With just a swipe of a finger, SafeDefend recognizes the finger print and opens.

Inside, it holds gel pepper spray, an expandable batten (which can be used to protect or escape a room), trauma kits, a tourniquets, and a strobe light to distract an attacker.

It’s not only what’s inside the box, but the information that’s sent out.

“The system when it’s activated immediately notifies law enforcement through 911. In addition, there’s text and email alerts that go out with the system and those alerts tell down to the exact classroom where the system was set off,” said Green.

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An alert also goes out to teachers and staff inside the school.

Local schools using SafeDefend include Blue Ridge Christian, Louisburg Library, and Atchison County Community Schools.

Green says businesses are also buying in.

He says by the first of the year, SafeDefend boxes will be in 2,000 classrooms and business nationwide.

“We hope they never use it, but they are going to be very glad it’s there if they ever need it,” said Green.

The SafeDefend box and system ranges from $500 to $700.

Green has seen such a positive response that parents have been offering to help schools pay for the system.