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Local school leaders reassessing security procedures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Hundreds of miles away, the Connecticut shooting has sparked local leaders to take a look at school security plans and procedures.

"Obviously it's my hope school shootings will become a thing of the past," says Laura McNeal.

Laura McNeal is an Assistant Professor for UofL's law school, as well as a senior fellow at Harvard Law School.

She has done a lot of research on school safety, and says, this is the time to evaluate the issue, especially at the elementary school level.

"Whatever policy we put in place to address school safety, regardless if it's a family member, friend or local official, everyone should go through the same process in terms of determining if they have permission to enter the school," says Laura McNeal.

"There will be some extra security at some places. That would be a normal response to this kind of thing," says Terry Singer.

Terry Singer, the Dean of UofL's Kent School of Social Work says he expects the tragedy to impact communities across the country, and also people who survived other shootings like the 1999 Columbine shooting, or Kentucky's Heath High School shooting in 1997.

"That community will be reminded of what it is like. Even though that many years have passed it will still unleash all of that feeling again I think," says Terry Singer.

Locally, officials are taking action.

Jeffersontown's Mayor says they will increase patrols at all area schools next week and  take a look at their plan of action.

JCPS officials tell us, each of their schools are required to have security policies and procedures in place.

One common procedure is making sure there is only one entry point into a school during the day.

But, Laura McNeal is hoping, with advanced technology, there could be better ways to keep students safe.  

"This issue is important enough that we can develop some type of metal detector that's built within the actual framework of the school entry that doesn't look like a jail or make kids feel like they're coming to prison to be educated," says Laura McNeal.

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