The issue is being treated as a personnel matter, the statement said.
At least one school had a similar problem last week. Families at Durham Middle School in Acworth were notified on Thursday that a staff member “inadvertently triggered a Code Red,” according to a message obtained by the AJC.
“This was not a malfunction, but simply an instance of human error,” the message from Principal Andy Bristow said.
The district this year implemented a new crisis alert system that allows employees to trigger a lockdown in the case of an emergency. The district has spent about $3 million on the implementation of the Centegix crisis alert system this year, the AJC reported last month.
Cobb schools previously spent about $5 million on the implementation of a different system, called AlertPoint. That system triggered a lockdown at all of the district’s schools when no threat was present in 2021. District officials first called it a “malfunction,” and later, a “targeted, external attack.”
Employees were trained on how to use the Centegix system earlier this year. They received badges with buttons on them that can initiate different alerts with different levels of responses.
Accidental activations are some of the potential problems with crisis alert systems, security experts warn.