Massachusetts school to test high-tech gunshot detection system

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Methuen school may soon become the first in Massachusetts to have a gunshot detection system installed, School Superintendent Judith Scannell said.

The high-tech system, which was developed during a time of heightened concern about school shootings, sends an alert to local police the moment a gunshot is fired, so authorities are aware of a crisis more quickly than they would with only a 911 call.

“Anything we can do to enhance the safety for our students is a good thing, and that is the number one job of a superintendent,” Scannell said in a phone interview Thursday. “We have to constantly tweak our standards.”

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