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CNY schools rethink security following tragedy in Sandy Hook

For the next few days, your kids may see more police in their schools. Many school districts have asked state and local police to check in at their buildings and to reassure students that they’re safe.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- For the next few days, your kids may see more police in their schools. Many school districts have asked state and local police to check in at their buildings and to reassure students that they’re safe.

School officials and law enforcement officers are also meeting to make sure their school’s security measures hold up.

The Safe Schools Information Coalition of CNY met for the first time Tuesday since the tragedy in Sandy Hook. The group of law enforcers and school officials meet monthly to talk about what's going on in schools, everything from violence, to drugs, to bullying.

“It’s unfortunate that this is what we have to guard against in our society, however these are our most valuable assets, our students, our children, so we will take every step and every precaution necessary,” said Thomas Ristoff, Director of Safety and Security at the Syracuse City School District.

“I really believe most schools have already taken as many steps as they can,” said Jim Horton, Senior Investigator for the Onondaga County DA’s Office.

At Henninger High School there are cameras, outside-doors are locked and you need to be buzzed in. You'll find similar precautions at most school districts in CNY. But after the shooting at Sandy Hook, many are left asking: Is it enough? And if not, what else can be done?

“There’s no resting, thinking we have a plan in place for everything. You can’t possibly plan for every contingency…We can plan for the worst and hope for the best,” said Ristoff.

From what we know so far, Sandy Hook had all the precautions in place, but the gunman still forced his way in.

Many Central New York districts have police stationed in the building as school resource officers. Back in 2010, state budget constraints forced State Police to pull troopers out of schools and put them back on the road.

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