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.
“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.
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