From the Columbine shooting to the Newtown massacre, these tragedies have shaped the way we look at school safety.

It’s a topic that’s on the minds of many educators.

“In all the emergency situations you’ve seen around the country, time is of the essence,” said Edward Vittardi.

He’s the principal at St. Albert the Great Elementary School in North Royalton.

His staff was recently armed with a new device called the Tattletale Panic Button. All of them were paid for using grant money.

“As soon as they press the button, the police department gets notification of where the emergency button was pressed and they then can get to the school as quickly as possible,” Vittardi said.

The device is only meant for major emergencies, like if there’s an intruder. That’s a scenario Kelly Beskid hopes to never experience. She’s a teacher at St. Albert.

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