Lots of people watched the news about last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary shootings and wished that they could do something. One local business owner is putting his money — literally — where his heart is.
David Morris, president of Modern Systems, Inc., is planning to donate a high-tech alarm to every city and county school in Pulaski County, in an effort to help keep the children of this area safer.
“Modern Systems is going to be installing a panic alarm, or duress alarm, system (in the schools) at no cost, directly or indirectly to the school systems,” he said. “I realized I couldn’t do everything, but I could help protect my community.”
That includes Science Hill Independent School and Somerset Christian School as well as schools in the Somerset and Pulaski County districts.
Morris was inspired to do this at last week’s “Love to Sandy Hook” prayer vigil, held at The Center for Rural Development.
“When I pulled into the parking lot, I had no idea that I was going to do what I’m going to do,” he said.
Listening to the speakers on Thursday — particularly the local school personnel, who talked about making the safety of students a priority — flipped the switch in Morris’ head. The realization of the tight budgets with which schools operate, making it difficult to purchase a highly effective security system on their own, made Morris realize he could help.
“The school systems are very limited, and I was in a position to make a difference now,” he said.
Morris said he wanted to do something” after hearing the news about the shootings in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, in which 26 people — 20 elementary school students among them — were killed: “Something I felt was meaningful and could make a difference.
“I’d struggled since the tragedy to find out what that was,” he added, “but I feel like I’m blessed to be in a position to help when seconds matter.”