Accidental false alarm sent from new school safety app

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local school police chief said he has peace of mind knowing a new school security measure works, even after an accidental alert was disseminated.

Through the School Guard cell phone app, which sends an alert to area officers and deputies in the event of a school threat, an alarm was accidentally sent from Merriam Cherry Street Elementary School, notifying more than 30 law enforcement personnel in the area.

Mike Jones, the Chief of Safety and Security and Police for Bay District Schools, said administrators at the school thought the alert was a test run.

Despite the initial worry, Jones is glad to know the app works and garners and immediate response.

"Well that's the whole reason we did it. Minutes matter, saves lives. You know, how many people are going to die in that two or three minutes that it would've taken a teacher to call the front office, call 911, tell them the story, get the officers going? Where this went straight to the cops," Jones explained.

37 law enforcement members received the notification.