Archbishop Wood High School has added Athena Security’s artificial intelligence software that can detect if someone is holding a weapon to its arsenal of safety and security measures, writes Stephanie Huges for the Marketplace.
This is just the latest in a line of security measures implemented recently due to the growing number of school shootings across the country.
The school also has a staff member posted at the main entrance to check in visitors. Meanwhile, students now swipe into the school with their ID cards and once inside, they are monitored by 32 cameras.
“They’re all over the place,” said Gary Zimmaro, president of Archbishop Wood.
One of the reasons for the strengthened security is also the school’s location. With so many good public schools in the region, the school needs to ensure it stands out enough for parents to spend the $9,400 a year fee to send their children there.
“Part of our job is to make sure that we’re competitive and compliant with the same thing that they’re doing,” said Zimmaro. “And actually, they don’t have Athena. We do.”
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