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Keeping schools safe


Leaders of West Virginia’s primary, secondary and collegiate level schools are turning to technology and increased security as they consider the possibility of gun violence in schools.

According to Education Week, in the last school year, there were 51 school shootings in the U.S. that resulted in injuries or death. This is the most since 2018, when the news organization started tracking the trends. While none of those shootings happened in West Virginia, the state’s educational leaders nonetheless say they have prepared for the potential of a shooting.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, WV, is in the process of installing a gunshot detection system, says President Casey Sacks. The technology will consist of strategically positioned sensors within buildings that will automatically transmit alerts through a platform if gunshots erupt.

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