New school safety tools in place in Marietta - CBS46 News

New school safety tools in place in Marietta

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

The Marietta school system is teaming up with the Marietta Police Department in taking advanced steps to help keep students safe.

Two months after the tragedy in Newtown, CT, school safety is still on the minds of parents and teachers.

The students of Marietta High School are out on break, so that gave CBS Atlanta News crews a chance to roam the halls with police to check out some of the safety tools in place.

One of them is so top secret police didn't want news crews to film it or show its location.

Once inside the school, it was easy to see the security monitors and cameras placed throughout the hallways.

Officer Don Smith is part of a new team working to help secure the school from the outside in.

"Typically a person wants to sneak on campus, do his damage," said Smith. "We want to make sure nothing is blocking your natural sight line. We're looking at trees and shrubs."

Officers told CBS Atlanta News that revising safety plans have become a necessity given mass shootings like the latest in Newtown, CT.

"You can't help but think about your own children and the children that you were sworn to protect. Because of that you really want to do whatever you can to safely protect," said Officer David Baldwin.

The school has two full-time police officers stationed at the school.

In recent days students and teachers are now even more connected to the police department than ever before by way of "panic buttons."

When pushed by school officials, the call goes straight to 911.

"Once that happens, we send everybody we have to that school until we can determine what the exact cause of the threat is," said Baldwin.

Baldwin told CBS Atlanta News that the new panic buttons have just been added to all Marietta Public Schools.

Officers said parents and students can help build on the safety efforts at the school by simply being more aware of their surroundings and reporting anything out of the ordinary.

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