by Randy Williams
None of the children were ever in any physical danger, but students were briefly panicked on Wednesday afternoon, September 9 at Melbourne Elementary.
Teachers and staff took swift action to lock down and secure their classrooms in what turned out to be nothing but an unplanned drill.
An “active shooter” text alert was inadvertently sent to teacher’s cellphones by the newly installed smartphone app, Rave Panic Button. The panic buttons were mandated by state law this year on all Arkansas public school campuses, and somehow a false alarm was set off at Melbourne Elementary School.
It is not known exactly how the false alert was sent, but is being investigated.
Recently, the app was credited for saving a life in the Blytheville school district in a medical emergency situation. It is designed to allow faculty and staff to quickly inform 911, first responders, and school personnel of the type of emergency and the caller’s exact location, and it automatically gives first responders access to the school’s floor plans, the locations of emergency exits, and key evacuation procedures as well.

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