Keeping students safe

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POSTED: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 8:00am

Denver public schools are installing classroom panic buttons that will automatically launch lockdown protocols. Nelson Garcia reports.

(KUSA) When most of Denver Public Schools returns to class next week, students and parents will see new security measures installed over the summer. What they will not see is a new emergency duress button.

"We have to be able to lock down our schools and get our kids down, out, and out of sight within seconds," Michael Eaton, DPS Chief of Safety and Security, says.

At every building in the district, a duress button was placed in secret locations around the school. When pressed, it will automatically launch the lockdown protocol within the building and send a call for help to district security and Denver Police.

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