Middle school receives new means of communication to up safety

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South Charleston Middle School received a delivery today of 30 brand new two-way radios that were purchased with funds raised.

The purpose of these walkie talkies is to heighten safety and quicken response time during a critical situation such as an active shooter on school property.

With the help of South Charleston Police Department and city council they were able to encourage the school’s initial funding efforts.

Sergeant Fred Beane with South Charleston PD also serves as the school’s resource officer and he first noticed the need at the beginning of the school year.

“We had a class on active shooters and response time. Communication is critical in any kind of crisis situation so if we can cut down on any time at all, it can equate to saving lives,” said Beane.

Sergeant Bean noticed the fund raising efforts were moving slowly and that’s when he took it upon himself to bring the mission before the city council.

The 30 radios will be in the hands of every teacher along with other faculty and will be in use immediately once they are fully charged.

Faculty said beforehand they relied on the intercom system to communicate. They tried walkie talkies before but they didn’t have a strong enough connection to penetrate through the walls of the school.

The new radios are more industrial and have been proven to work at any distance throughout the school.

Faculty now feels safer with this new form of communication.

South Charleston Middle School Principal, Henry Graves said, “If there was a shooter who was in that vicinity, I would be unable to communicate through the intercom. With these radios, this will give us the ability to communicate.”

All 30 radios totaled to about $6,000 and were recommended by Kanawha County Schools.

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