Gunshot Sensing technology Installed in a School for the First Time
Many students have been killed in the United States over the years due to school shootings. The authorities have at last found a way to put an end to it.
In the beginning of 2015, New York City had become the 90th city across the world to adopt ShotSpotter technology. The technology consists of gunfire-sensing microphones that alert the police to the location of the shots.
Now, the ShotSpotter technology is making its way to classrooms hoping to end school massacres by getting the police to the spot on time.
Newark Memorial High School in California is the first school in the country to be installed with the technology. Gun shots were fired on an experimental basis to make sure that the microphones detected them. Few seconds later, the police reached the exact location-accurate within 10 feet.
The principal of Newark Memorial High School, Phil Morales, a former police officer, has got the microphones set outside his office. He said that the technology is somewhat similar to a fire alarm, providing an alert.
U.S. has witnessed 27 school shooting between 200 and 2013 that left 57 dead and 60 injured. Guadalupe Leyva, a rising senior at Newark Memorial, says that she has always thought of shootings happening in her school.
The sensors have been placed in hallways and offices in more than 20 buildings and outside to monitor for the 43 acre campus for gunfire.
"It won't stop a school shooting but it'll get us to the shooter quicker," Newark Police Commander, Mike Carroll said. "It'll get us medical aid to those people who are injured in a shooting much, much faster."
The microphones in ShotSpotter technology are not designed for recording conversations. Though the technology guarantees safety to some extent, people like American Civil Liberty Union's Jay Stanley are still concerned.
"We want our children to be safe, we also want them to be brought up as Americans who don't feel that they're being monitored every moment of their time," he says.
Some schools argue that the cost of installation and annual motoring of the technology is too high. But, when it comes to assuring school safety, do expenses really matter?