TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey lawmaker has thrown out an idea to keep schools safe in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, Essex County Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) has received suggestions for the installation of silent panic alarms in schools with red strobe lights outside if activated.

You know when the police themselves make this kind of suggestion, you have to take it seriously,” Caputo said.

So Caputo took the suggestion and introduced a bill last week calling for districts to put the measures in

“While everybody is arguing about whether there should be guys, security guards, cops, resource people, armed people — that debate is going to continue,” he said. “But in the meantime, I think we should take a measure like this. It’s a common sense approach.”

The assembly has not yet looked into how much the silent alarms will cost, but Caputo said the safety of children is more valuable than the price tag.

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