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Panther Creek students develop idea to protect schools from shooters

July 30, 2018

After 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla., this spring, a group of Panther Creek High School students turned to technology for an idea they hope will spot a shooter before he or she can get inside.

Mass shootings in schools prompt different responses from different people. After 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla., this spring, a group of Panther Creek High School students turned to technology for an idea they hope will spot a shooter before he or she can get inside.

“We don’t want our parents to get a call at home saying, ‘There has been a shooting at your school, and we don’t know where your son is,’” said Ishan Sharma, a student at Panther Creek High in Cary.

He and classmates in the Triangle Youth Entrepreneurship Program developed an idea they call “Tripillar.” It is technology built into pillars outside a school to identify and stop a potential shooter.

“We wanted to place some in the middle of the bus loop as well as toward the side,” he said.

Ananyaa Sundar described how Tripillar would work.

“The millimeter wave will scan the person to determine if there is a concealed weapon on the human,” she said.

Cameras with facial recognition would determine if that person is an officer or a potential danger.

“If it is anyone else except a police officer, the school will go into an automatic lockdown,” she said.

The students have pitched the idea to law enforcement and education leaders across the state, to positive response. They are also reaching out to companies that might help them to build their idea and make it a reality.

“We will prevent the loss of multiple lives. It will decrease the casualties,” Sharma said.

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