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Some local schools increase security in response to CT shooting

Many parents were anxious about sending their children to their classrooms on the first day after Friday's tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school.

 Like many people, Columbus mom Tiffany Corbin is glued to the TV news coverage of memorials for victims of Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

"It is terrifying to drop your kids off somewhere where they are supposed to be so safe, and it's unimaginable to think something like that could happen to your child," said Corbin.

That is why she chose to keep her 7-year-old daughter home from school on Monday.

"We couldn't bear to let her go today. We wanted to find out what kind of security they do have in place," said Corbin.

Muscogee County School District Interim Superintendent John Phillips says the school district is always taking steps to make sure children are protected.

"We will continue to be vigilant about our responsibility, and over the next few weeks or so, we will continue to look at what we are doing. There is always a better way to do things," said Phillips.

In addition to resource officers, there is increased security at schools during drop-off and pick-up times as well as patrols throughout the day.

"We have a greater presence on campuses and in the neighborhoods, if you will, of where schools are. We're working with the Sheriff's Department, the Marshals, and the Columbus police department," said Phillips.

Corbin says she might send her daughter back to school on Wednesday, but she is not sure. She is grateful for the steps the district is taking, but she wants to see more.

"For security to be there all the time would be very ensuring considering how he entered that school in Newtown. Bullet proof windows and bullet proof doors would be beneficial as well," said Corbin.

Phillips says one of the biggest things right now is maintaining a sense of calmness in all the schools.

The Muscogee County School District is also providing guidance counselors and psychologists to talk with students if needed.

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