Baltimore County Begins $9.8M School Security Expansion

As reported by CNN.com, one of four students injured when a freshman opened fire in a Washington State high school cafeteria has died, bringing the death toll to two.

In Maryland, Baltimore County recently announced an expansion of its school security program.  As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County officials have announced plans to spend $9.8 million over the next three years to expand the school security system by outfitting every public school with surveillance cameras and secure doors.

By the end of the program, officials said, every public school would have a network of surveillance cameras that police could monitor remotely. Every school door would be locked and require an identification card to open. Some of the technology is already in place in many schools as part of a security overhaul that began after a shooting by a student on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School in 2012 that injured another student.

For more information, see our previous posts, Allegany Schools, Sheriff, & Commissioners Collaborate on School SecurityMontgomery Posts School Resource Officers at Every High SchoolAnne Arundel County Proposes Additional School Safety OfficersWorcester Commissioners Approve Fiscal 2014 Budget, Including a School Safety Plan and this information from the Maryland State Department of Education.

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