Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings

In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Lisa Bieler, a technology specialist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District checks her mobile photo in the hallway at Horace Mann School at her office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bieler, a technology specialist for the district, said she finds the Share 911 app's immediacy comforting. She recalled hearing about the Columbine shooting on the radio 20 years ago and wondered how social media would have played a role back then. "I have thought, 'what if it happened now? '" she said. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Efforts to combat school shootings are shifting toward software and other technology to reduce the number of victims

LOS ANGELES — Efforts to combat school shootings are shifting toward software and other technology to reduce the number of victims.

Security experts say gunshot detection systems, apps and artificial intelligence are becoming more common because school attacks, while relatively rare, have been among the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

The technology is often used in combination with mental health and anti-bullying programs.

Schools in Beverly Hills and others nationwide are adopting a strategy that aims to speed up the law enforcement response to shootings.

Beverly Hills officials have added armed security guards, surveillance cameras and an app to report attacks and connect with police.

The latest school shooting occurred at a suburban Denver high school last week that killed one student who charged the gunman and likely saved lives.

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