Delco schools getting 'panic buttons'

In response to the Sandy Hook massacre, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and other county officials will announce tomorrow that silent-alarm panic buttons will be installed in all public, parochial and private schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, in time for the next school year.

School superintendents will be briefed tomorrow on the Delaware County Panic Alarm School System (DelPASS). The system will be funded by a state grant.

This sounds like a good start to preventing or mitigating school tragedies. Certainly better than just throwing pens at the shooter, as some universities recommend.