A frightening situation at a Georgia School where authorities say a gunman followed a person into a school after that individual was buzzed in has us taking a look at school security measures here.
A bookkeeper in that Georgia school was able to talk the man into surrendering.
Pitt County grandmother Myra McCroy say that incident, and others, are a concern for her. She says, "We always have a concern that something horrific is going to happen like have happened in the other schools. I just hope and pray that it doesn't."
Pitt County Schools is testing a new system at Lakeforest Elementary School where assistant principal Paul Briney says, "We can monitor who's coming in the front entrance. Before they get into their building they must buzz in. We do have our front office staff they are trained on the system."
But the system is only as good as those who adhere to the rules, according to Sgt. Cameron Coburn with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. Coburn says, "Law enforcement can not be present 24/7 in every location and so it's important for the public to be aware that they share a role in keeping our schools safe and secure as well."
There are 15 school resource officers in the county, mainly at the middle and high schools. The district plans to have all elementary schools in Pitt County equipped with their new security systems by August 2014, and the board hopes to follow up with all schools in the district.
In Carteret County, school administrators says there are no resource officers but a good police presence. Guests must sign in and soon all schools will have a buzzer entry system. The other plus, the cameras inside the schools are linked to the 911 center.
Craven County schools do not have resource officers at the elementary schools. Visitors have to be buzzed in before entering and signing in is a requirement.
Duplin County Schools have resource officers at all schools, security cameras inside and out, plus electronic sign in with a photo ID.
In Onlsow County, community officers are being added to elementary schools, some schools have electronic sign in with photo ID and a camera system is being upgraded at all schools. They say a school bond would add more security measures.