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May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

School shooting prevention: A panic button isn’t the best use of money

After reading the article “Bellingham Schools to get panic buttons” [Local News, May 28], I disagree with this allocation of the state funds because I believe that there are better ways to utilize this money in regard to school safety.

These buttons are only going to be saving 20 to 30 seconds of time. In addition, if a gunman targets a school and is in a classroom, no one in that classroom would be able to reach the button if the gunman is preventing them from reaching the button. In this situation, a cellphone would be more effective than risking someone’s life in order for them to reach the button.

I feel like there are more beneficial and effective ways in using the $440,000 of grant money toward safety rather than for a panic button. Instead of a panic button, the funds can be used to hire additional school security guards. It would be better to have additional security on hand that would be able to immediately react to an emergency instead of a slightly faster cellphone substitute. This would be more time effective and could potentially save more lives.

Jessica Kwon, Bellingham

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