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Pennsylvania Senate Plans Mandatory Panic Alarms in Schools

A bipartisan proposal in Pennsylvania aims to install silent panic alarms in school buildings to enhance emergency responses. The initiative, introduced on Monday by Senators Art Haywood and Tracy Pennycuick, seeks to facilitate quicker law enforcement engagement during crises. Named “Alyssa’s Law,” after Alyssa Alhadeff—a victim of the 2018 Parkland school shooting—the legislation echoes measures already adopted in five other states.

The bill’s introduction follows historical shortcomings in emergency responses, highlighted by the inaction of an armed officer during the Parkland shooting. Supporters, including Alyssa’s mother Lori Alhadeff, advocate for the alarms as a tool to potentially save lives by ensuring faster police arrival during incidents. The Pennsylvania Senate is urged to expedite the bill’s passage to improve student and teacher safety through immediate law enforcement connectivity.

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Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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