MORE than $222,000 will be spent on securing a Blacktown high school with security cameras, perimeter fencing, access control and an emergency alert system.
The high-tech security systems will be installed at Evans High School with funding provided by the federal government.
The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Jason Clare, said the funding had been targeted to the school because it had been deemed at risk.
"It is a targeted program aimed at schools at risk of racial, religious or ethnically motivated violence, property crime or harassment," he said.
But the school's principal, Kay Smith, said Mr Clare's choice of words was unfortunate.
"We do not think that the school is not safe, but we have had a couple of incidents in the past," Ms Smith said. "Schools are the safest place for kids, and this is about controls to better protect kids from potential hazards."
Chifley MP Ed Husic said the safety upgrade would make a significant difference for the community and give parents peace of mind.