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School Safety Measures
ELMIRA---(WENY) Keeping kids safe is a top concern for many parents and teachers, even more so, following Wednesday's mass stabbing in a Murrysville, Pennsylvania high school.
To keep kids out of harms way here in the Twin Tiers, many schools have created safety plans and procedures they can readily use during an emergency.
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole says one of the best ways to prevent school violence is to have a School Resource officer on the premises.
And to keep college kids safe, many campuses have an emergency alert system in place.
Elmira College uses something called EC Emergency Alert. Elmira College Vice President and Chief of Staff, Mike Rogers says, "We send a text alert to everyone that opts into the text service. We send an e-mail across every users account."
Elmira College also sends out alerts over their webpage and bell tower. Students can also alert campus police of emergencies with emergency buttons located outside of every building entrance.
Rogers says, "They touch the button and it automatically goes to security. And it's also broadcast on radios across campus."
There's also an app for safety. Students at RIT in Rochester have developed Campus Safe and Tiger Safe for use on most smart phone devices. For more information on the Campus Safe app, visit