BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI (NBC) - School administrators and law enforcement will soon have a closer eye on classrooms in a Bay County, Michigan school district. In-classroom security cameras are coming to Bangor Township's Central Elementary School. Administrators said it will keep children safer and parents are applauding the move.
"We're all about being transparent," said School Superintendent Matt Schmidt. "We truly believe in our hearts this is what's best for kids."
Administrators are ready to roll out 23 in-classroom security cameras. It's a first in Michigan.
"This isn't about one-upping another district," said Schmidt. "This isn't about one-upping one building over another. When it comes to school safety, we want every kid in every classroom to be as safe as possible."
Teachers will control the cameras. With the push of button, local law enforcement can get a live look inside the classrooms in case of an emergency.
"They also have an interactive map so they know right in the building where the threat or the emergency is so when they get there, they know exactly where to go," Schmidt explained.
"Nobody wants a problem, but it's nice to have it there," said School Board President Richard Kowalski. "And hopefully, like I said, if we can have it all over, it's a nice deterrent."
When it comes to their children's safety, families like the idea.
"Two good ideas, one for security and second for the teachers to check back on their instructions," said grandparent Robert Cutbert.
"It's truly nice stuff to have," said Kowalski. "I wish every district in the country could have it."
The cameras will be up and running by April.