Some Illinois Schools Install Active Shooter Alarms

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The more than 700 students enrolled at St. Ben’s this year were greeted by 30 new bright blue pull boxes on the walls, fixtures installed because of concern about the possibility of a deadly school shooting. The school also spent $40,000 on new security cameras.

More than 20 schools in Illinois, including St. Ben’s, now have these BluePoint systems installed. Many are in the Chicago suburbs. Only four schools in the city have the alert system; none are public schools. Across the country, more than 150 schools have BluePoint alert systems in place, a spokeswoman for the Elgin-based company said.