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9/7/07-Tyler

Texas AG's Office Releasing DVD On School Safety

It's a new strategy to make sure your child's school is ready in a worst case scenario, in the case, of a school shooting.  We found out about a DVD state officials say every school in Texas will need to be familiar with, but, they hope, no school will have to use.

From Columbine to Virginia Tech--they're images of horror no one can forget.

"It makes me think about my own children's safety, you know,  my children are younger, I couldn't imagine my kids having to deal with this at such a young age, but we know it's out there," says Tyler parent Brandee McGuire.

And that's why Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling for new safety measures in Texas schools. His office has created a DVD for school administrators statewide. It includes a very real dramatization of a school shooting and offers recommendations like creating an emergency kit and plan, practicing full-scale drills every year instead of every three years, and organizing a campus crimestoppers.

"I think that's a great idea, unfortunately that's the world that we do live in today, but any information we can give to our teachers and our students to help protect them is a great benefit," says Tyler parent Joe Freeman.

Tyler ISD thinks so too.

"The dramatization I felt was realistic enough to a school situation that it was very useful and the tips were excellent also," says Marie Nelson, the Emergency Management Facilitator for Tyler ISD.

The district says it already has most of the procedures in place, but there are things they've learned from the DVD.

"The more we can be prepared , the more we can drill, practice, and have this in place is really good for us," Nelson explains.

And help prevent a Columbine-type shooting from happening here.

All school districts are expected to receive their School Safety toolkit in about three weeks. Each school districts will report the results of their first campus security audits by September of next year.

If you'd like to see it the video is actually available online, just lick on the "Know More On 7" link to the left and then click "School Safety DVD."

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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