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Local schools examine security following Newtown tragedy

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Many Mid-Michigan school children probably felt anxious about returning to school today in the wake of Friday's school massacre in Connecticut.

Some districts took the time this morning to talk over security at their schools following the tragedy. One of those districts was Saginaw Township Community Schools (STCS).

"It appears that everything has been calm, if individual students are having concerns our teachers and principals will deal with it," said Tony Skowronski, Human Resources director at STCS.

Besides providing help for students who might need it today, the district said it prepares for situations like the shootings in Newtown on a regular basis. 

"We have monthly drills on a variety of safety situations and we have, as I've talked about, a critical incident management protocol that has been set up across the county," said Skowronski.

Part of the security plan features a liason officer from the Saginaw Township Police Department. "It has been in existence for about 20 years, and it's a great program because we have a police officer assigned to the high school on a security basis who gets to know students on a personal basis," said Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl.

School district officials in Midland and Bay City also told WNEM TV-5 they will closely keep tabs on what happens security-wise  in Newtown, CT in the wake of the tragedy there.

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