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Oklahoma City-area school districts say security is beefed up

School leaders in some Oklahoma City metro-area districts say police presence is heightened after the shooting in Connecticut.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON and MATT PATTERSON Modified: December 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012

As students throughout the metro area returned to classes Monday, several local school officials said they were stepping up security after Friday's shooting massacre in Connecticut.

Norman School District spokeswoman Shelly Hickman said Norman police have increased patrols at all school sites in the district, “not because of any threat, but because we felt it would be prudent.”

Hickman said principals met with faculty at the start of the school day Monday to discuss withteachers strategies to deal with students' concerns if the topic of the shooting should come up in a classroom. School counselors are available to talk to any student who feels the need to discuss it, she said.

Hickman said the school district advised parents of the steps being taken in a message sent out over the weekend.

“We've tried to be proactive in our approach,” she said. “We appreciate the cooperation with the police department in addressing this issue.”

In Edmond, police presence also was beefed up at all school sites.

“Edmond police have increased their presence a tall schools, especiallyour elementary schools,” school district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said. “In addition, (Oklahoma City) police have and plan to continue to increase their presence at our schools that are located within Oklahoma City.”

In Moore, Superintendent Susan Pierce said Oklahoma City and Moore police also have boosted security at the district's schools, beginning last Friday and continuing through this week as needed.

Pierce said school officials also are reviewing the district's crisis management plan and will take suggestions from patrons. School counselors are available to talk with any students who have questions or concerns, she said.

Putnam City School District spokesman Steve Lindley said officials in that district have made information available to teachers about how to talk to kids about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings if the students have questions.

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