Community Christian School (CCS) already has some security measures in place. All entrances except for one are locked during the day and they have surveillance cameras set up. But school officials want to take safety to another level.
As students at CCS took in a lesson in technology Tuesday, parent teacher volunteer Kristy Watson made sure they're taken care of.
“There's nothing more important than the student's safety,” Watson said.
Watson and school officials want to bring in the first high-tech security system of its kind in the state.
“I just feel like in this day and age you can't be naïve and say it would never happen in Norman, Oklahoma,” Watson added.
If the school can raise the $60,000 it costs to install a Blue Point Alert Solutions security system, the school would have pull stations and teachers and staff would have lanyards with emergency buttons. It's a simple, streamlined action that sends a message to police and over the school intercom within ten seconds.
The system also sends police a map of the school with the specific location of where the alert was activated.
“This is obviously the type of system we hope to never have to need. Much like a storm shelter, you don't really need it but boy, you want to have it,” she explained.
Last November, Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD were overhead as CCS went on lockdown when a gunman held people hostage for hours at a business nearby.
“It was just another reminder of how close things can come to the school,” Watson told News 9.
And should anything interrupt class again or threaten the place of learning, parents can have peace of mind that police are on the way.
If you'd like to help, you can contact the school at (405) 329-2500. The school's address is 3002 Broce Drive, Norman, Ok. 73072