First US High School To Install Gunshot Sensing Tech

Now gunshot tech is headed to the classroom with the hope it can get police to the scene of an active shooter in time to prevent a school massacre


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CBSNEWS - Earlier this year New York City became the 90th city worldwide to add ShotSpotter technology -- gunfire-sensing microphones that alert police to the location of the shots.

Now ShotSpotter is headed to the classroom with the hope it can get police to the scene of an active shooter in time to prevent a school massacre.

Newark Memorial High School in California is the first school in the country to be equipped with the technology. CBS News monitored a test where gun shots were fired to make sure the newly installed microphones can detect the shots. Seconds later, officers had the exact location -- accurate to within 10 feet.

Newark Memorial High School principle Phil Morales, a former police officer, has a microphone right outside his office. He compared the need for the technology to the need for a fire alarm, saying that it provides an alert.

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