Silent Panic Alarms To Be Required At NJ Schools

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New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools will soon be required to have silent panic alarms used to help protect students during emergencies like an active shooter, NJ.com reports. Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law legislation dubbed “Alyssa’s Law,” named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old former Woodcliff Lake resident who was among the 17 killed in the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl.

State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, the main sponsor of the measure, said the law “can increase the chances of diffusing a bad situation without further harm to students and staff.” State Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, another sponsor, said New Jersey will be “propelled into the forefront of states which are harnessing the power of technology to protect our schools from the type of heart-wrenching tragedies we’ve seen far too many times in the news.” It will cost between $2.5 million and $12.5 million to install the alarms, according to the non-partisan state Office of Legislative Services.

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