Heriberto Uvalle and Tanice Tucker
My name is Tanice Tucker and I am a Sophomore at Skyline High School in Dallas Texas,
My name is Heriberto Uvalle and I am a Senior at Skyline High School in Dallas Texas
Today we are presenting our App “ Code Red”
It’s rare for a single event to dominate news coverage for days, let alone weeks on end. Even for tragedies as jarring as deadly hurricanes or mass shootings, media attention typically tapers off in the scramble to jump on the next news cycle.
Yet news coverage in the two weeks after America’s latest mass shooting — in which 17 people were gunned down at a Parkland, Fla., high school — tells a different story.
News coverage of the Parkland tragedy has so far outlasted coverage of other mass shootings over a 14-day period, according to data compiled from cable news networks and national media outlets. Compared with coverage after the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Tex., Las Vegas, Orlando and San Bernardino, Calif., the sustained focus on Parkland wavered little as the surviving students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School vowed to push for harsher gun regulations until lawmakers chose to act.
Although new broadcastings have tapered off, the fear of being the next victim is still very prevalent in the lives of students world wide. It is not enough for us to push for gun regulations by marching; we must create more ways to save lives.
What it does
Our app will be available to anyone who may find themselves in a situation where they are staring down the barrel of a gun. We focused this model for secondary education. All students, administrators, and hall monitors will have the app downloaded on their devices. If a shooting were to ever occur, the device would allow users to:
- Take Action – reminds students and administrators what to do if they were in an actual active shooter situation
- Send a text message to parents
- Alert authorities of specific situation
- Send specific location to parents, administrators, and authorities
- Call school administrators
- Contact Fire Department
- Provide details of actual experience. This will limit the discrepancy in testimonies from eye witnesses
How I built it
We used MIT App Inventor to build the app.
Challenges I ran into
- Building the code to send our specific location
- Making the app usable to all users
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Our team was able to decide on the same app idea.
What I learned
I learned that anyone can be a victim of a mass shooting. Based on the statistics read, school shooting happen on a daily basis. We have to be equipped with the right tools. With the help of technology we can have that safeness again.
What's next for Code Red
It is our hope that schools worldwide will make it a priority to equip all students and administrators with the app. In the future, we hope that more workshops will be implemented that will allow all people to know what to do if an active shooter incident were to occur. The model of our app as of today provides multiple steps and procedures that will be used if the act were to ever take place. Future models will have short video examples.
The future app will also be available in other languages.