by: John Bachman Updated:
COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A local school district is locking doors and clamping down on who gets through the front doors.
"Before we could just walk in, and yes, we're supposed to go into the office, but what if people don't? It gives them a better idea of who's coming and going," said parent Saralee Parker.
At Nickajack Elementary School in Smyrna, Parker is one of several parents getting used to the new system. The district is installing them in all 66 elementary schools. Nickajack activated its system Monday.
Bachman got a look at it how the new system works.
"With all the school tragedies we've had recently, this is an extra line of defense to keep that from "happening," said parent Lana Wilson.
"After the Newtown incident, we did hear a lot of feedback from the community about the security on our campuses, particularly the entrances to our buildings," said Jay Dillon, Cobb County Schools director of communications.
The district launched the buzz-in system after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in December. It's a system similar to what Sandy Hook had and the shooter shot out windows to get in. District leaders know they can't prevent everything, but they said they will try.
"We're going to take every step we can within reason, to protect our students, that's our highest priority," Dillon said.
Even before the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the Cobb County district was putting eight security cameras in all elementary schools. Recently voters passed another special local option sales tax. Some of that money will pay for