A growing response to school shootings: Panic buttons — On phones
There have been 82 school shootings so far in 2018 — by far the highest annual tally on record, according to the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, which maintains a database of them. As that number has increased dramatically in recent years, public safety officials have grappled with how to respond to the incidents quickly and safely. One innovation that many cities have implemented is "panic buttons" — phone apps that can instantly send out 911-style alerts during a shooting and hopefully reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.
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