Alyssa's Law: Florida is a step closer to having panic alarms in all its schools

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 11:38:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is a step closer to having panic alarms in all its schools.

Representatives in a House subcommittee unanimously advanced what's called Alyssa's Law Tuesday afternoon. A Parkland mom helped craft it.

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Lori Alhadeff lost her daughter Alyssa in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting two years ago.

The legislation would require every school in Florida to install a panic button alarm system. Supporters say it would cut down on emergency response time and help ensure people have a chance to get to safety.

Alyssa's mother thinks a panic button could have changed the outcome in Parkland.

"It would have given everyone time to hide and get out of the line of sight from the door," said Alhadeff. "Possibly, my daughter Alyssa could have been saved."

Lawmakers have voiced concern about the cost of the bill.

They believe using a digital app as a panic system might be most affordable and run about $8 million to cover all 67 of the state's public school systems.

The bill is now working its way through various committees in the Florida House and Senate.