Baton Rouge, La. (May 23, 2008) – As the tragedies of school shootings become more common across the country, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System has taken a strong proactive step in preventing these tragedies from occurring in our schools.
The School System has recently completed the installation of a first-of-its-kind security system at McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School. The “Virtual Command Technology,” developed by NetTalon and installed by Accel Protection & Technologies, LLC (located in Acadiana), detects and notifies multiple first responders and off-site monitoring centers of changes in site conditions in real time.

Completed in 2006, McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School is one of the newest schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

This new technology will allow the City of Baton Rouge to be the first in the nation to create a “Virtual Emergency Response Network” where emergency services can, within seconds, view and tactically assess a developing emergency in the school using mobile data computers and video surveillance monitors.

This new state-of-the art security system allows McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School to be networked directly to local law enforcement agencies, as well as first responders.

In the event of an emergency, teachers can immediately contact law enforcement agencies by pressing a wireless key fob. When the emergency alarm is activated, law enforcement agencies can remotely pull up a map of the school and view any developing situation. This new capability signifies a significant change in emergency response and how schools and colleges can be protected.

In addition to the installation of this security technology, McKinley Middle Academic School has also been outfitted with “Safe Rooms” though-out the school. These “Safe Rooms” are equipped with bullet resistant locks and a signaling station that can be used by teachers to speak directly to law enforcement officers during an actual emergency situation.

Integrated video surveillance cameras will also give first responders the opportunity to obtain a subject description before any law enforcement agencies arrive at the school campus. Motion detectors strategically placed throughout the school will also allow police to track the perpetrator anywhere in the school.

Once operational, beginning in the 2008 – 2009 school year, McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School will be one of the best protected schools in the nation!

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on May 29, 2008, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will commemorate the installation of this security system by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the “Active Shooter” demonstration and training session.

This demonstration and training session will be one of the largest and most realistic “Active Shooter” exercise conducted to date in the country and will include three local law enforcement agencies, the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the Louisiana State Police. In addition, the Baton Rouge Fire Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish EMS will be participating as first responders. Invited guests will experience a realistic demonstration of the Virtual Command Technology through live video and audio feeds. Four additional exercises will be conducted at the school on May 30, 2008.

McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School is located at 1550 Eddie Robinson Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.