Georgia Schools Review Safety Plans After Connecticut School Shooting

ATLANTA (AP/AJC) — Some Georgia schools are reviewing their security plans following the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut.

The interim superintendent of Rome’s city schools, Lucian Harris, says he’s going to assess procedures and meet with faculty members soon to discuss what teachers can do to prepare for such a crime.

In Savannah, Chatham County Public School Police Chief Ulysses Bryant says the district goes through “what if” scenarios to prepare for the worst. He says law officers already are familiar with school layouts.

With classes resuming on Monday, Gwinnett County police are planning to provide extra presence around schools to prevent copy-cat incidents.

Georgia PTA President Donna Kosicki says every state school has a plan of action in case of an emergency, but parents also must do their part.

According to the AJC, on Friday J. Alvin Wilbanks, chief executive officer and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools said, “Today’s incident in Connecticut touches us all.”  “Tragic events in other communities place the public spotlight on school safety, here and around the country. The fear among parents was palpable,” Wilbanks said.

The Gwinnett Police Department announced plans to increase police patrols in and around local schools.  Stepped up police patrols also were planned in Cobb County schools.

 

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