TPS Security Upgrades


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Updated: 8/22/2013 9:50 am Published: 8/21/2013 9:28 pm


Tulsa Public Schools has scattered cameras across the district. The addition of more surveillance adds a sense of security for parents like Kelly Walton.

"I can't live my life in fear," said Walton.

The security upgrades arrived two years early. The speedy installations were motivated by a rash of school violence across the country.

"Firearms can happen anywhere," said TPS PoliceChief Gary Rudick.

A recent incident just happened in Georgia. Last school year, in Connecticut, a gunman killed six educators and 20 first-graders.

"Safety of the kids is paramount," said TPS director of bond projects Bob LaBass.

That's why TPS set aside 8.4 million in bond money for security.

"It's a sad point that we have to spend that much," said LaBass.

LaBass told FOX23 that a bulk of the cash will go toward elementary schools: $4.7 million. Nearly 3,000 cameras will keep watch on TPS by January. More magnetic doors will go in, too.

"It is a scary feeling to send your kids to school to trust people to keep them safe," said Walton.

Middle schools will receive about $1.3 million and high schools will receive about $1.4 million.

"It could happen here," said Walton.


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kindagreywolf - 8/22/2013 4:18 PM
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So how many people are going to be watching these security cameras and how much is this costing? Remember 9/11? 100's of Security cameras at the airport caught it. Security cameras in Businesses caught it, People with cell phones and cam camcorders caught the assailants, and still about 3,000 people died! How is this Secure? Sure, it's great evidence AFTER the fact, but security cameras do not help save lives.
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