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Port Arthur elementary schools step up campus security

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The Port Arthur Independent School district is stepping up security after two elementary school students left campus while school was in session.

12 News HD reporter Molly O'Brien spoke with the principal at Dick Dowling Elementary to see what they are doing to prevent this from happening again.

While both children returned to campus safe and sound the school takes safety seriously. Now they are just a week away from installing a new security system that will alert teachers and staff if a door leading outside is opened.

The school is installing a buzzer system on doors that will work much like emergency exits. If a door is opened it will trigger flashing lights and a buzzer. With teachers near working near by, the lights and alarm will notify them immediately that a child has left. There will also be a signal sent to the office notifying staff which door on campus was open.

"I'm not happy about the situation but we are so glad we have a precautionary measure so our kids are safe at all times," said Fredia Washington-Simmons, ths school principal.

Whenever students leave the classroom they will be required to carry a hall pass and they must be escorted by a teacher.

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