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Barrow announces new school safety legislation

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It's a situation no parent wants to ever happen: a shooter on campus. But if Congressman John Barrow has a say, responding to that type of situation could be getting a lot quicker.

"What we need above all else is to improve the response time so the good guys can respond to a situation of this sort," said Barrow, during a Monday press conference.

Barrow has proposed legislation that would offer grant money to school districts wanting to implement a panic button system.

"It bypasses this overall comprehensive network for screening all kinds of requests for help and goes straight to the folks who are in the position to respond to the most utmost and extreme emergency possible," he explained. "A shooter on the premises."

The Congressman was flanked by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Superintendent Frank Roberson at the Monday morning announcement. Roundtree says the system is already in the works for several private businesses in Augusta, and wants it in schools next.

"Every officer, every officer, within our jurisdiction, who is on our network will immediately get that call," said Roundtree. "There will be no hesitation, there will be no transfer."

Superintendent Roberson says the system is essential for safety during times of crisis.

"It's going to mean safety for all of our children," he said. "Schools will now be the safe havens they need to be."

There isn't a set timeline yet for when the system will be implemented, but it's expected to be encompassed within future budgets.

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