BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT)
A newly implemented safety program in the State of Arkansas has already saved a life.
It happened Wednesday at the Blytheville School District. According to Superintendent Richard Atwill, an employee suffered a life threatening medical situation while at school.
Atwill told Region 8 News that the school nurse assessed the situation, pushed the "panic button" and was immediately connected with 911.
In Arkansas school districts, certain personnel at the school have access to the panic button, either through their cell phones or a landline.
The panic button is designed to let emergency responders know exactly where in the building the button was pushed.
Users of the panic button are also able to let emergency responders know what type of emergency situation they're in, something that Superintendent Atwill said further helped them in saving that employee's life.
The panic button was implemented in schools across the state after a bill sponsored by State Representative Scott Baltz made its way through the legislature.
Wording in that law stated that the panic button had to be implemented in schools by September 1.