|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.