Black fighter turned innovator James Samuel Jr. created an application that can provide parents with real-time information on their children during school shootings or other emergencies. (Courtesy Photo)

By AFRO Staff

In the wake of several school shootings, many parents were left wondering what could be done to protect their children—particularly given the seeming inability of lawmakers to agree on an effective solution.

Black fighter pilot turned tech innovator, James A. Samuel Jr. believes he has the answer and that is ANJEL Tech.

The cloud-based application allows a child to turn their phone into a personal body camera during an emergency. When activated, the app also sends out automatic notifications via text, email and via the app to loved ones, who receive real-time video and audio streaming of that event. Additionally, relatives also receive updates of that child’s GPS location every 10 seconds. ANJEL Tech securely stores this audio, video, and location information in the cloud for future use and/or downloading.

“The value of this technology is priceless to the peace of mind and situational awareness it provides parents and other loved ones in a time of crisis,” said Samuel, who shares a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old with his wife.

He continues in his statement: “There are many different ways we can address gun violence and safety in our schools and institutions, and ANJEL Tech is among the most practical. As a parent, it literally breaks my heart each time I read about another school shooting, and I truly believe the solution I created to serve my own children in potentially their worst moments can serve others, too. Their safety and my family’s peace of mind are worth it!”

On May 24, a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults, and injured 16 others at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. It was the 27th school shooting in 2022 and the deadliest since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to Education Week, which has tracked school shootings since 2018. 

There have been 119 school shootings since 2018, the publication stated. The highest number of shootings, 34, occurred last year. There were 10 shootings in 2020, and 24 each in 2019 and 2018.
ANJEL Tech can be downloaded from any app store or visit the official website at

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