AMHERST, N.Y. -- School tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook Elementary have transformed school safety. From visitor passes, to lockdown drills, schools take every precaution they can these days.
One district in Western New York is even farther ahead of the curve: Amherst Central Schools have local police on standby to access school video surveillance.
It starting with having to sign in and sign out. Next, it was locking the doors while school is in session. Next it was locking the doors while school is in session.
"We were actually able to fully do that district wide about three years ago, where each of our buildings now have the buzz in systems," said Superintendent Laura Chabe.
Even before that though, about five years ago, Amherst Central Schools were working on something bigger: Video surveillance that police could access in an emergency.