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Elementary school beefs up security, serves as trial for county

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WALLACE, NC (WECT) - The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School happened one year ago Saturday. The attack left 26 people dead, including 20 young children. It also forever changed the way the nation looks at school security, especially in elementary schools. One school in Duplin County is now part of a trial run in school safety.

The new security system at Wallace Elementary School is designed to give the administration the time it needs to take a shooter down.

"The whole concept is to delay the shooter," Patrick Fiel with PVF Security Consulting said. "Time is against us, the more time we have, the more assistance we can get."

Fiel was asked by the Duplin County school district to complete an extensive risk assessment of each campus. While he looked at every aspect of the campus, much of his focus was on the main entry. According to history, that is the most common access point for a shooter to enter a school.

The security system added a video intercom, visitor management system, surveillance cameras, door locks, security screens and integration services. All of those additions were donated by Fiel's industry connections.

Fiel used his industry connections to gain contributions from six leading security equipment and service providers. The donations included

There is also an increased presence from the Duplin County Sheriff's Office.

"A school resource officer is one man, it takes a whole school to protect the school," Captain Tim Jones with the Duplin County Sheriff's Office said.

Captain Jones hopes Wallace Elementary will become a model for school safety across the nation. While the Sandy Hook massacre was such a tragic moment in our history, he says it was the push the school system needed to really step forward and secure their schools.

"Let Duplin County be a model to the nation so we can secure all schools," Captain Jones said.

The Wallace Elementary security system is just a trial run. Officials in the school system plan to vote next month on whether or not they want to put this new system in each of their 16 schools.

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