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Safety and security. Being proactive, not reactive. That’s our vision and everyone’s hope for Noblesville Schools.
We are concerned Noblesville parents, grandparents, educators and citizens, just like you, and we know there is more that can be done to secure our schools. We’ve gathered ideas, researched various security systems, and have personally reached out to state law enforcement, state and local political leaders, and the innovative companies that have invented and implemented systems here in Indiana to help better ensure our children’s safety.
If you follow our vision and approach for securing our school buildings and keeping our children safe, we urge you to consider signing in show of your support. After carefully researching various systems, metal detectors, etc., we have found the Net Talon system to be the most efficient, cost effective, comprehensive, and pragmatic solution on the market.
*Real time communication with Law Enforcement
*School looks ‘normal,’ but has bulletproof windows and doors\locks.
*Every classroom is a ‘safe room.’
*Endorsed by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association
*Endorsed by the Indiana State Attorney General
*Also acts as a fire deterrent
*Cameras throughout the system identifying the attack\attacker in real time
*No ongoing salary costs
*Every classroom\teacher can report their status immediately
*Every classroom can report if they have a student who needs medical attention
*Endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security
*Average cost is $400,000 per school. To secure all of Noblesville Schools this would be approximately 3.5% of the approved budget for 2018
*Grants and subsidies available to help defray the cost
*Protects your child when you can’t
*Innovative, cutting-edge technology
*Provides a comprehensive solution, integrating both real time communication and bulletproof classrooms to protect our children and teachers
Our district has always been a leader in education. We were the first in Hamilton County to introduce technology and innovative learning such as iPads, the Miller Shift, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the balanced calendar, and more. With our forward thinking approach, we’d like to ask for your support in petitioning our leaders to implement an Indiana tested and proven security system in all of our schools. Student and teacher/staff safety is our greatest priority. The reality is that everyone has his or her own idea on how to stop this growing tragedy in our society. However, we cannot ignore this growing epidemic, especially when there are viable options available to safeguard our schools. Getting distracted by the ongoing arguments about stricter gun laws vs gun rights is an issue that must be taken on at the federal level. We need to secure our schools NOW and this is a viable, proven alternative that we can implement on a local level. We can no longer assume, “It would never happen here.” We must make every attempt to reduce violence and protect our children from these heinous acts. The time for action is now!
Virtual Command by Net Talon is a life-saving tool, which the Indiana State Attorney General, The Indiana Sheriff’s Association, and many others have endorsed. It can be the foundation for an effective response plan, as well as vastly improve communication within the school, and in making that crucial call to law enforcement when literally every second counts. Saved time equals saved lives.
We hope to receive your support and want to provide you with the following details about Virtual Command by Net Talon and help you make an informed decision to sign this petition. You may have recently seen this technology on TV, as one school in Indiana’s Shelby County is dubbed, “The Safest School in America.”
Virtual Command by Net Talon
The entire system is linked in to both local police and fire departments in real time and each teacher in the school has a 'fob' that they wear that interacts with the system. When a teacher senses a threat of any kind, they activate their fob/control switch, and the entire system begins to alarm. Simultaneously, the local police and fire department receive the same alarm and a 'virtual map' of the entire school comes up. They can "see" every classroom and hallway. As soon as the alarm is activated, every teacher/employee in the building then activates their fob. 'Green' indicates their classroom is safe, 'red' indicates their classroom is under attack, and there is also an activation that notifies first responders, as well as the entire school, that they are safe but have a student who needs medical attention.
There are cameras throughout the school that can literally 'see' every door, hallway, entry and exit. Law enforcement instantly has a true picture, in real time, as to where the shooter or threat is located. The cameras, which literally see everything, are immediately brought up on this virtual map and are viewed in REAL time as the events are happening.
With the click of a button every interior and exterior door is locked and protected, as they are bulletproof. These doors were tested with a multitude of different weapons and it took law enforcement 12 minutes to shoot through one door. 12 minutes is lifesaving, as these incidents have been proven to be over within 5 to 7 minutes.
All of the glass in the buildings are bulletproof. It is important to note that the windows and doors still look like 'normal' windows and doors, the school looks and feels like a normal building.
In addition, this system also acts as a fire safety system. It constantly monitors the temperature in all of the areas and rooms of the school. If it senses an area or room is getting too hot, it will immediately alarm and simultaneously notify the fire department as well as law enforcement. This also helps to eliminate what happened in Florida. In Florida, the shooter activated the fire alarm, then shot the kids as they streamed out in single-file.
The system also has a type of ‘gas’ that can be deployed by law enforcement or the fire department. The gas produces a thick fog and can be used to put out a fire. It can also be used to help 'push' an attacker where law enforcement wants them to go and makes potential targets invisible to the perpetrator.
On average, the cost is $400,000 to install one system. To add Virtual Command to all of the schools in our district may seem like an unachievable goal. However, there are no ongoing salary costs (like with metal detectors). This is also a small fraction of the school system’s operating budget (approximately 3.5%) and is a one-time expense. The overall price, compared to what we’ve paid for additional gyms and complexes for our schools is minimal. Another point to consider is that insurance companies usually give a (approximately $20,000) discount to the schools for having a system like this in place. There are also grants and subsidies available to help defray the cost.
Lastly, once a shooting event has happened at a school, the school is considered a “crime scene” and no one can enter/have classes. Once the event is over, the school is usually demolished because students and teachers cannot bring themselves to reenter the building, for obvious reasons. With tragic and catastrophic events like this, the school system is greatly at risk of being sued by each individual family. Whether or not you and I agree with this or not, it is still a reality and this costs millions.
There is strength in numbers and I can’t imagine any greater concern than the safety and security of our children, and educators, as we try to navigate through this difficult time in our society. Please encourage your friends, family, and local politicians to review and sign as well!
(Please note, we are in no way affiliated with or compensated for recommending this Net Talon system. We are simply concerned Noblesville parents, grandparents, educators, and citizens that do not want to be complacent, just like you.)
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