Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings

In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo, a security guard stands on watch at Beverly Hills Unified School District's K-8 Horace Mann School as students prepare to leave school for the day in Beverly Hills, Calif. 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. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Julian Richner, 9, leaves school for the day to meet his mother as he passes behind a security guard at Beverly Hills Unified School District's K-8 Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. Districts nationwide are employing a multi-layered approach that combines mental health programs, bullying prevention initiatives with hardware and software technology, as well as armed and unarmed security officers. Beverly Hills Unified School District is one such district. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Juliet Fine, principal at Beverly Hills Unified School District's K-8 Horace Mann School shows the Share 911 phone application on her cell phone during an interview in her office in Beverly Hills, Calif. The district is among 200 in the country using the Share911 app. The board of education added it and other measures, including armed security officers, following the Parkland shooting. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Juliet Fine, right, the principal at Horace Mann School stands and watches as parents pick up their children after a school day in Beverly Hills, Calif. Efforts to combat the problem of school shootings are shifting toward software and other technology to reduce casualties. Beverly Hills officials have added armed security guards, surveillance cameras and an app to report attacks and connect with police. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Juliet Fine, principal at Beverly Hills Unified School District's K-8 Horace Mann School talks about school security during an interview in her office in Beverly Hills, Calif. 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. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Evelyn Lahiji, waits to pick up her sons, after school second-grader Lorenzo Naghdechi, 8, right, and third-grader Leonardo Naghdechi, 9, at Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lahiji, said "I'm grateful I live in this community that has so much security and I know they are protected." Beverly Hills officials have added armed security guards, surveillance cameras and an app to report attacks and connect with police. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo, a security guard stands watch as parents pick up their children after school at Beverly Hills Unified School District's K-8 Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. 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. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Christina Richner, walks down the street with her children Julian, far right, and Olivia at Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. Richner, said of her children that they have gone through so many emergency drills that “their reflexes will kick in” during a shooting. The students are trained to gather in a corner with the classroom's lights out and blinds drawn in a lockdown situation, according to social studies teacher Laura Stark. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo Evelyn Lahiji, picks up her sons, after school second-grader Lorenzo Naghdechi, 8, right, and third-grader Leonardo Naghdechi, 9, at Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lahiji, said "I'm grateful I live in this community that has so much security and I know they are protected." Schools in Beverly Hills and others nationwide are adopting a strategy that aims to speed up the law enforcement response to shootings. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Monday May 13, 2019 photo social studies teacher Laura Stark gives a hand to a student after class at Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, Calif. The students are trained to gather in a corner with the classroom’s lights out and blinds drawn in a lockdown, Stark said. Staffers check in via the Share911 app to share information, including if any kids are missing or injured. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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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