An Ohio school district is implementing a special pepper spray buses in schools which would also alert law enforcement officials of a potential offender if they are implemented.
A Ohio school district will be installing a new measure for the upcoming school year in the case of an active-shooter situation.
Pepper spray buses will be placed in the schools in the Columbiana Exempted Village school districts that send messages to the law enforcement officials and teachers, they should be used, WFMJ-TV Thursday reported.
The high-powered systems, the so-called Threat fire Extinguisher, will be posted in glass cases in the whole school. As soon as the bus is removed from the base, an alarm will sound and messages will be sent to the first responders and a select group of contacts in the school with the time and location that was active, according to the Threat fire Extinguisher on the website.
“If it can be removed from the cabinet, it can send up to a thousand text message and e-mails, plus calling on governments and then gives the location of that Threat fire Extinguisher is removed,” Sam Fasone, a Threat, a Fire spokesman, told the news station. “So when the authorities roll up, they know where they need to be in the building.”
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The school district paid $25,000 for the devices and will also pay an annual maintenance fee, WFMJ reported.
The “tactical-grade” pepper spray is designed for easy use in high-stress situations and can fire at distances of more than 20 metres away, according to the Threat fire Extinguisher on the website.
Threat fire Extinguisher pointed to the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, and Planned Parenthood in Colorado in 2015 as the catalyst for the creation of the pepper spray. The founders “understood that there is still a high probability of loss of life in these events, but they knew that the time had come to launch the system and work to help save lives, because doing nothing is not an option,” the company said.
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If someone activates a canister if there is not an actual threat, there will be consequences, the officials said.
“They call the authorities and let every teacher know what they were doing. In the schools we are in, it is like the pulling of a fire alarm system,” Fasone said, adding that the person would be faced with the same consequences as the pulling of a fire alarm.
Columbiana Schools gathered input from the community, before agreeing with the implementation of the Threat of fire Extinguishers, according to WFMJ.
Columbiana is located 83 miles east of Cleveland.
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