New School Security System Up and Running in Boyd County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It's the first line of defense in keeping your child safe in school and it became active Monday.

If you walk up to any school in Boyd County, Kentucky, you will now be greeted by a set of instructions, a buzzer, and a couple of questions.

The new $25,000 buzz-in system is intended to create a barrier between intruders and your child, according to School Resource Officer Richard Cyrus.

Each buzzer system has a camera so the front desk operator can see the person outside and ask who they are and why they need in the building.

This system was approved after the school shooting in Sandy Hook, and is considered a necessity.

"After all the things that have happened in school safety and the school shootings I thinks schools have to do this right now," said Cyrus.

The doors are locked after school begins at 7:45 and everyone after that time must buzz in.

Captain James Stephens with the Kentucky State Police says this system makes their job of protecting children that much easier.

"The fact that it makes it harder for someone to come into the building and that they can actually control the access is a great thing because that box is just a small part of the overall safety plan that's going on," said Stephens.

All the 10 schools in the county now have the buzz-in system in place.

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