BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Getting inside a school within the Benton Community School Corporation used to be pretty simple.
"Doors at all the schools were open," said Benton Community Schools Superintendent Destin Haas. "So, that means someone could come into the building at any time during the day at all times."
Now, Haas said that process has changed.
"It's just a camera system," said Haas. "As soon as you press the buzzer, it alerts the office, wherever they're at, that someone is at the door. It shows a picture, they can communicate with them, and then they can release them in there if they have credentials or they know who the person is."
Haas said the school corporation had the new security system installed over Christmas break. He said the system cost about $30,000, which he said, is a small cost to keep children safe.
While Otterbein Elementary Principal Shannon Cauble agrees, she admits she was a little hesitant about the system at first.
"My concern is that it would be a little off-putting to parents and community members, but this is the kids' home away from home, and I don't come to your house and not ring your doorbell and come unannounced," said Cauble. "So, parents kind of feel the same way."
Not only was a new security system installed over Christmas break, but some new procedures were implemented, including doors that lock as soon as you close them.
"Benton Central Junior-Senior High has always been like that," said Haas. "So, we rolled that out to the elementary schools over the Christmas break."
Haas said the internal lockdown is just another way the Benton School Corporation is making the students' home away from home the safest it can be.
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