Cedar Hill among 3 local schools to win safety award

Cedar Hill among 3 local schools to win safety award
(Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Attorney General's Office honored Cedar Hill Elementary with the Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence Wednesday at an assembly in the gym.

Before the ceremony, school officials demonstrated the *Safe-Defend* system, designed to slow intruders until students can be moved to safety.

The Limestone County School system is the first in Alabama to use it. Each classroom has a secured box. When a teacher opens it, an alarm is set off and a message is sent to local and state law enforcement agencies. Inside the box are non-lethal weapons, like mace, and first-aid items.

"We feel very protective. It's a very quick response and we're absolutely comfortable with it in our classrooms. It's probably the most fantastic thing we've received in a while," said 5th-grade teacher Cathy Smith.

Cedar Hill is one of ten Safe School award winners statewide.

Oak Park Middle School in Decatur and Riverside School in Lauderdale County also won the award.

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