The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

Schools around US increase security after massacre


MIAMI (AP) - Schools around the US are reviewing security plans, adding extra law enforcement patrols and readying counsellors for the first day of classes since a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Districts were asking local law enforcement to increase patrols on Monday. School officials in some areas sent messages to parents addressing security or stressing that they have safety plans that are regularly tested. While some officials refuse to discuss plans in detail, it was clear that vigilance will be high this week at schools around the country.

Additional police patrols are planned this week in northern Virginia around the Fairfax County Public Schools, which is the largest school system in the Washington area with 181,000 students. Counsellors will also be available at all schools.

"This is not in response to any specific threat but rather a police initiative to enhance safety and security around the schools and to help alleviate the understandably high levels of anxiety," Superintendent Jack Dale said on Sunday.