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What safety changes is your school district making?


After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the nation started re-evaluating the safety of our schools. 

On Wednesday, the President made it a priority to address their most pressing needs. 

"If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence. If there is even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try," said President Obama. 

Lindale Independent School District's superintendent said following Sandy Hook's tragic events, the district began brainstorming additional safety components.

"The weakness of our elementary is that we don't have a direct line of sight from the office to the front door, so someone could come in and go on down the hallway without the office personnel seeing them," Superintendent Stan Surratt explained.  

He said the new security system, which will soon be installed in every Lindale ISD elementary school, will ensure the doors are locked at all times.  If someone needs to enter the building, that person will have to buzz the front office from outside the school. New security cameras will also be installed so administration can track who enters the building.

"So this ensures that we know that somebody is in the hallway approaching the office so we can be looking for them," Surratt explained. 

The President addressed the possibility of adding trained and armed police or increased counseling services.

"We will help schools hire more resource officers if they want them and develop emergency preparedness plans," President Obama said on Wednesday. 

Those are safety measures Lindale ISD said they have already considered.

"We have two resource officers that are on call every school day, so we are looking at adding maybe more resource officers or just security guards or a volunteer system to help monitor and patrol all of our campuses," Surratt said. 

This school district said they are open to ideas to make sure their students, faculty and staff are safe. 

They are in the process of scheduling a public meeting so parents and community members can offer ideas for additional safety components. 

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