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Bristol Public Safety Director Featured on CBS This Morning — Uses Social Media to Help Prevent School Shootings

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Greg Boulanger said he started to think about security differently. He is the director for public safety in Bristol, Connecticut, a district with 8,000 students.

Greg Boulanger

“About six years ago when all the districts around put things together and got district crisis teams, we didn’t know, we didn’t have much … but we added different tools in our tool box for school security,” Boulanger said.

Upgraded security cameras and a more robust screening process for visitors were two of those tools. Another is Social Sentinel, a social media threat alert service that costs less than $2 per student. It scans public social media posts for “threat indicators.” On the day CBS News correspondent Don Dahler visited, Boulanger received an alert when a young man tweeted, “stress can kill you.”

“I have about 33,000 posts a month. The actual actionable posts are 0.97 per thousand … I get five or six per day,” he said. “And what I learned is that we’re not invading – people are posting stuff publicly.

You can read the full report and broadcast by CBS here.

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