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A year after Sandy Hook shootings, school security remains a key priority

In Fairfield, Conn., the local police have found new ways to help schools and the community at large thwart potential violence like that experienced a year ago, 25 miles away in Newtown. The New York Times reports that notable changes in security have been put into place in Fairfield schools. New security cameras have been installed at many doors, every door leading from the exterior of school buildings is locked at all times, three armed officers float between school buildings, and every classroom has access to 911. A new anonymous tip line inside schools is yielding 15 calls a month on average, for not only suspicious behavior but also everyday concerns like drug use and bullying.

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