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Schools review safety protocols after Conn. shooting

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SIKESTON -- The deadly shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has prompted local school district officials to review safety protocol within their own districts.

Scott County Central Superintendent Al McFerren said Friday's fatal shooting of 20 school children has really opened school administrators' eyes.

"It was just horrific and a tragedy and to have that happen in a school," McFerren said. "As so many people have said, school is one of the safe havens of children, and when that's broached like that, and the results were what they were, it's so devastating, and it really does hurt."

Charleston R-1 Superintendent Tony Watkins agreed.

"Everyone realizes what a tragedy it is. ... At some point, it's about more than you can watch," Watkins said of the TV coverage. "It really sets you back some to make you think about -- this is real people this is happening to, and no one expects it to happen at your community and school."

Many districts already lock building doors, require identification from visitors, employ safety officers and have established text or other notification systems for parents.

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