An app is designed to save lives in a school shooting, but many US teachers don’t want it

A file photo of students being evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018. — Sun Sentinel/TNS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida: A new app is designed to save lives by pinpointing the exact location of a school shooting or other emergency. But it’s facing a major problem – many people don’t want it on their phones.

In Broward County, just 16% of teachers and other eligible employees have downloaded the Alyssa’s Alert app, known as SaferWatch, in the two months it has been available.

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