Video phone system latest security upgrade for New Hanover Co. Schools

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Students won't be the only ones with new electronics for the new school year.

This fall many parents of kids in kindergarten through middle school will see new intercom phones at the front entrances to their schools in New Hanover County.

Office staff will be able to identify visitors via a closed circuit television before they enter the building. School leaders say the process will help keep both students and staff safe.

"It's truly a very simple process," said Dave Spencer, the district's Director of Safety. "It shouldn't be anything that's going to be difficult for anyone including the folks coming to the schools. They shouldn't notice much difference, other than there may be a few seconds delay. As opposed to just walking in now, they'll press a button, a camera will come on, and they'll say, 'Well, hey. I'm Dave Spencer.'"

The district hopes to install the Ai Phones in all schools soon.

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WHAT a false sense of security....gets our kids used to being treated like criminals though! I can ASSURE you that anyone WANTING to do harm in a school, wouldn't be deterred. This is simply smoke and mirrors.

Believe it or not, this does help. A similar process was used to keep a sex offender out of an elementary school in Brunswick County last year. The way they do it in Brunswick County is that in the mornings and the afternoons, the doors are unlocked so that the students may come and go freely. The doors are locked to outsiders during the day and office personnel determine who they let into the school.