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New device aimed to protect schools in emergencies

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 06:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- One organization is looking not only to install a new device into local schools -- but eventually nationwide -- that will protect them in active shooter situations.
After the Sandy Hook tragedy happened, President and CEO of Fighting Chance Systems Jim Rocchi and a friend of his came together and with an idea.
That idea is using something non-lethal to protect teachers and students from an intruder situation or active shooter situation.
Fighting Chance Systems has a patent pending design of a device that will be able to be installed into any classroom that any adult will be able to deploy in the case of a lockdown situation.
Rocchi, who is an elementary school principal in St. Clairsville, said they will be able to deploy it from inside the classroom that will use a non-lethal weapon such as tear gas into the hallway.
“Research has shown most of these active shooter situations are over in 10-15 minutes,” he said. “If we can buy time for teachers and staff and students to be more safe in a safer environment and to make that intruder get away from them, we know we can save lives."
Not only does Rocchi want this device to be installed into schools right here in the Ohio Valley, but he wants it to be nationwide.
“All of the good doors and windows and security systems are wonderful,” he said, “but there is nothing out there now that puts something into the hands of teachers for them to be able to fight back."
The patent is pending but they are permitted to take orders now to get them installed into schools. The patent process takes 1-3 years but they are fully prepared to do what they need to do.
Rocchi said it's very cost effective and affordable.
“I do believe in my heart and I know through the testing we have done that this is going to be a system that can help you buy that time to save lives," Rocchi said.
Rocchi has been involved in education for 18 years and believes this is something that every school needs all over the country.


New device aimed to protect schools in emergencies


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