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New phone app to help during school emergencies

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An Oklahoma middleschooler, Genesis Franks, came up with an idea for an App last year to help out in case of a school shooting. The idea inspired her father, a local teacher, who is helping to make the technology available now.

"It just kind of took wings" said Franks.

Now her father Leonard is perfecting the idea and making it a reality. "If an active shooting came on the ground- could you notify students, staff- everyone in three seconds or less… can you do that?"

There are number of preprogrammed emergencies that staff can put out, including medical and weather related.

Franks is testing Quick Response with Millwood public schools now. He says the alerts will go out even if the power is out. The app can work even if the school’s intercom system is broken, which it was at his school during a lockdown at the beginning of the school year.

Students can also report incidents of bullying too with ‘Quick Response’. That idea was inspired by Franks’ daughter.

The other selling point is that school districts can design their own quick response scenarios. Parents would also get the alerts too.

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