Cardinal Spellman High School's emergency system a first of its kind

One Bronx school has come up with an innovative way to keep students safe.

In the event that a student becomes sick or an act of terrorism erupts, students and staff at Cardinal Spellman High School are prepared. A collaboration between the school's president, a Bronx merchant and Nextel Communications has led to the creation of an innovative emergency system.

The school has installed 72 wall phones and 15 handheld Nextel phones to ensure the safety of the 1,400 students at the school. One push of a button and faculty can be connected to the school switchboard or 911.

Faculty at the school applauds the new system, saying it helps everyone in the building to stay in contact with one another.

The emergency communication system is the first of its kind in the nation. School officials are looking to share the idea with other Bronx schools.

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