Sometimes it takes a tragedy to pass legislation that protects school children against violence. One such case is Alyssa’s Law, which has been signed into law in New Jersey. This law aims to protect students by requiring schools to put in panic buttons to send silent alerts to law enforcement agencies.
Alyssa’s mother, Lori Alhadeff, is behind the legislation, as the family used to live in New Jersey. She is pushing a similar measure in Florida, where the tragedy occurred on Feb. 14, 2018. The Parkland, FL, school shooting claimed 17 lives, including that of her daughter, Alyssa, 14. She was shot 10 times by an ex-student carrying an AR-15.
The Need for Silent Panic Alarms to Emergency Officials
School and law enforcement officials, as well as politicians, have recognized the need for a way to send out a mass alert, and such an app has been designed. The app could notify law enforcement, as well as school staff, about a threatening situation, threat, or medical emergency. It’s hoped that quick and accurate information provides faster emergency response, as well as notification and preparedness for schools and classrooms. And, that these lead to tragedy averted and lives saved.