Computer system can prevent school shootings, man says

Computer system can prevent school shootings, man says
The Smart Data Dashboard was created by Harvey Hughes to help schools track student behavior, grades and other factors. (Source: KARK-TV)

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) - A Baxter County man said a computer system he developed nearly 30 years ago can help prevent school shootings, according to a report from KARK.

Harvey Hughes said the system is able to track everything from student behavior and attendance to grades. Right now, Hughes' company uses the system to monitor about 200 school campuses in the United States with a large number in Arkansas.

Hughes said the data found by the computer system, which creates a dashboard to track a student's threat assessment, can provide key details to prevent a major problem from happening.

"We take things that take six weeks to organize down to six seconds," Hughes told KARK.

Hughes said he has worked for nearly 30 years to study the issue, tracking nearly three million students in 35 states and Puerto Rico.

Hughes, who later worked for the Being Aerospace NASA Space Station contract team, said he was once a child with a problem.

"I was kind of an at-risk kid myself. But I had a superintendent that kind of liked me for some reason and took an interest in me," Hughes said.

The issue of school safety will be discussed by lawmakers during the 2019 legislative session in Little Rock.

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