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Illinois schools set up ‘active shooter’ boxes that look like a fire alarm

More than 20 schools in the state of Illinois, including St. Benedict’s in Chicago, are reported to have installed emergency response alarms at the campuses in preparation for potential active shooter situations.

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More than 20 schools in Illinois are reported to have installed emergency response alarms at the campuses in preparation for potential active shooter situations.

The schools, many in the Chicago area, now have BluePoint the installed systems, the Chicago Tribune reported. A company spokesman told the newspaper that there are more than 150 schools in the united states have alert systems in place.

Each pull box, that looks like a fire alarm, is designed to “discreetly” to protect people, in “an escalating situation”, according to the product’s website.

More than 20 schools in Illinois — including 4 in Chicago have installed alarms that contact the local police in the event of an active shooter.

The system is manufactured by Elgin-based BluePoint Alert Solutions. https://t.co/Z2TnNVnmhW pic.twitter.com/lxZ4U3DXB3

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 16, 2018

When the alarm is pulled, the police are alerted and the system will sms, e-mail or send a voice alert to specific groups, according to the company.

One school in particular — St. Benedict’s Preparatory School on Chicago’s North Side with a student body of approximately 700, has 30 of the alarms for the campus and allegedly spent $ 40,000 on security cameras.

Rachel Gemo, chief of the school in the institution, said the students, who are trained in the use of the alarm system, “truly, sadly, at the height of [the] possibility” that a school shooting could happen. She said that she was “not immune to what they hear on TV.”

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A mother, whose son attends the St. Benedict’s, told the Tribune that although it is “nice” to know the alert system will be there in case of emergency, “it is sad that we have to think about.”

“With all of these examples in the country, you hope and pray that it doesn’t happen to you and your school,” the mother, Molly Klucznik said. “I really hope that we never have to use it (the alarm system), but it’s nice to be prepared.”

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