Bundled in their winter coats, students hopped off their buses and walked past an armed police officer standing at the entrance to Riverside Elementary West last week.
The students gave Patrolman Michael Burke high-fives. He kept an eye on the door.
Just one month ago, there was no officer at the school's entrance. But on Dec. 14, a gunman murdered 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Suddenly, the safety of students across the country, and in Northeast Pennsylvania, was questioned.