EATON RAPIDS (WILX)-- A local school has taken it's security to the next level. It's in response to the increasing threats to children in schools across America. Island City Academy decided to update it's security after the Sandy Hook tragedy, and now it's up and running.
"It started after the unfortunate events on the East Coast. Right after that the board sat down (to find out) how can we make the school safer," said Bernie Sheff, School Board President.
With a click of a button the school can be locked down. Doors were replaced, a new entryway was built, and an electronic key system was installed. The entryway is now the schools number one defense against an intruder.
"When parents drop off their children they don't have to worry about what's going on with their child. They know they're here to learn, and don't have to worry about what's going on around them," said Aaron Warren, School Administrator.
But administrators know nothing is 100% fool proof.
"There's no way to make it so one one will ever get in. You can only do the best you can do," said Sheff.
The upgrade cost more than $50,000 dollars, but parents believe it's worth it.
"It was an expense, but I think the children are priceless," said Nicki Gruesbeck.
"Based on the events over the past couple years, it's been heartbreaking, but I think it's best to protect our schools the best that we can," said Ramona Ehrhardt. Ehrhardt and Gruesbeck have children that attend Island City Academy.
Now the security system has been completed, it's giving parents and administrators peace of mind that can be focused on education.
"We can't go through live worried. Paranoia is a terrible thing," said Sheff.