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Higher security measures in Decatur city schools

Decatur city schools have new security measures in place this year. Decatur city schools have new security measures in place this year.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur city school leaders took extra measures in order to ensure the safety of their students.

These measures included hiring an extra school resource officer to rotate around school campuses.

Most Decatur city schools have newly installed security systems as well. School officials are following a trend that started after the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut last year: to do everything they can to keep children safe while they learn.

In Decatur, every elementary school in the district will have a new buzzing system. Any visitor wanting to enter a school building must be buzzed in. There are new security cameras on campus, and school officials are working with 911 call centers to provide live camera access and camera feeds to school buildings.

The new gun law is now in effect, and Decatur Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols stressed that firearms are not allowed in schools. "I own a gun, I hunt. It's not that issue. We don't believe guns should be in school settings," Dr. Nichols said. "And we're going to prohibit those any way we can. And we hope to get some more clarification from the legislature."

Not every school will have the same new security measures in place, but Dr. Nichols said the high schools are next.

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