Officials review school security after tragedy
by The Associated Press
December 17, 2012 01:18 AM | 657 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Some Georgia schools are reviewing their security plans and planning extra patrols on Monday following the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut.

The interim superintendent of Rome’s city schools, Lucian Harris, said he will assess procedures and meet with faculty members soon to discuss what teachers can do to be “as prepared as possible.”

“I just think that, we pray nothing like this would happen, but at the same time, as an administrative group, when we come back together (from the holiday break), I am going to meet with them and we’re just going to review and talk about our lockdown procedures,” said Harris. “I pray to God we don’t ever have anything like this in our school system.”

A gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday and killed 26 people before shooting himself. The dead include 20 children ages 6 and 7.

In Savannah, Chatham County Public School Police Chief Ulysses Bryant said the district goes through “what if” scenarios to prepare for the worst. Law officers already are familiar with school layouts, he said.

While schools are a “controlled environment,” he said, they also are public spaces and not restricted areas.

“Best thing you can do is plan as best you can, take all the precautions you can,” he said.

With classes resuming on Monday for the first time since the Connecticut shootings, Gwinnett County police are planning to provide extra presence around schools to prevent copy-cat incidents.
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