South Stokes High testing a new state-of-the-art security system

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- South Stokes High School has been chosen as a demonstration school for a state-of-the-art security system aimed at keeping students and teachers safer.

The program is called Site Sentry and administrators say South Stokes is the only school in the country currently using it. The school has held several lockdown drills to test the new online program.

"All I have to do is walk to my desk, log on, then I can click that my room is fine, or if I need help. Then the office is alerted immediately," said Katie Lemons, an English teacher. "I certainly hope that we never have to use it, but I love having it available.

Teachers click a green button if their room is safe, or red if there is a problem.

Administrators are also alerted if someone doesn't check in. With almost 700 students in 50 classrooms, the goal is to help first responders locate and stop potential threats quickly.

However, the program isn't cheap.

"If you ever have a situation, you want to save as many crucial seconds as you can, so $10,000 is a drop in the bucket if you can save students' lives, teachers' lives, the community's lives," said Kristine Mitchell, Assistant Principal at South Stokes High School.

"These kids here at South are my kids from 7:40 AM to 3:10 p.m., so I want to make sure they're as safe as possible when they're here with us."

Each school interested in the program would get a custom version of system to fit their campus.

South Stokes High School has been testing the program since February.