Chicago Schools Address Safety After Newtown Shootings

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Working with police and fire departments, the local officials are examining their own safety protocols, their facilities and even their mental health message to students, as details continue to emerge from the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 elementary students and six adults slain.

Meanwhile, parents are raising questions that reflect the national conversation on safety standards and gun control spurred by the tragedy.

"Are we looking at putting more school officers in place? Because if we're thinking we don't have the budget, we might need to find the money," said Valerie Kennedy, the mother of a Wilmette Junior High School student, during a recent town hall meeting on school safety.

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