Panic buttons to be installed in every school in Washington district

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A local school district says teachers will be able to call 911 without ever dialing with a device called a panic button; Bellingham will be getting some for every one of its buildings.

The Washington Legislature is requiring every school district in the state to improve emergency response by next December. Eighty districts are sharing $7 million in state grant money to make that happen; Bellingham chose the panic buttons.

Sixth grade teacher Michael Owens has never faced an emergency inside Whatcom Middle School but he thinks about it.

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