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Do You Feel Your Child's School Is Safe?

The mass shooting in Connecticut raises the question of whether schools are as secure as they could be.

More than two dozen people are dead, including 18 children, after a Dec. 14 rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

Newtown Patch in Connecticut is posting live updates about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which was reportedly carried out by an adult male who is now dead.

The shooter, believed to be the son of a kindergarten teacher at the school, entered the school with multiple guns and began shooting.

In Gwinnett County Public Schools, visitors are asked to check in at the front office upon entering the school, but the front doors to the schools typically remain unlocked. In light of today's shooting, additional security measures will be put in place -- at least temporarily. According to a Gwinnett County Police Department press release, there will be an increased police presence in and around area schools for the next several days.

"These increased patrols will a joint effort with the Gwinnett County School Police and uniformed officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department. Officers will be assigned to every school within Gwinnett County Police jurisdiction and these patrols will last for the next several days," said GCPD public information officer Cpl. Ed Ritter in a released statement.

"The Gwinnett County Police Department takes the safety and welfare of all of the citizens within Gwinnett County seriously. The Department is conducting this proactive measure to help prevent any type of 'copy cat' or similar incident from occurring within Gwinnett County," Ritter added.

What security measures are in place at your child's school? Do you feel these measures are adequate? Are there security measures you would like to see implemented at your child's school? Let us know in the comments.

Jill VanderHorst December 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I personally take for granted and feel very complacent in my faith that my children are safe when in school. Something like this then brings to light the need for our schools to be better secured. I fully support locking the schools once classes begin for the day. Even as faculty and students are arriving, put a security official at each unlocked entrances to ensure no unwanted persons enter. I'm not even opposed to metal detectors. Weapon ownership is on the rise... so should be our awareness. I know I would feel much more confident in the safety of my child if the schools took bigger measures.
Kristi Reed December 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I would also support locking the schools during the day, but realize there are many reasons why that could be difficult -- especially at the schools with trailers. Still, I would feel better if people couldn't just walk into the schools. I suppose there is no easy answer to the security issue, but hopefully parents and GCPS can work together to reach a solution. I think it is easy for all of us to be complacent and convince ourselves it will never happen here. I'm sure none of those parents in Connecticut who are mourning the loss of a child tonight ever thought it would happen at their school either.
North Georgia Weather December 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM
There isn't much we could do. Working in an elementary school hits home for me, and we've all discussed what if anything could have truly been done. You don't have security people at the front door. At our school, there are only 3 male teachers, myself, and the custodian. And of course, nothing to use to protect anyone. Schools are always wide open targets.
M.K. OSBORNE December 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I don't think we can out run the rapid decline of our societies values of life and liberty.

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