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How far have we come since Sandy Hook?

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Dec. 14 marks the third anniversary of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jeff Hartel makes his living educating kids. He's superintendent at Cass City Schools.

"I was just sick to my stomach," Hartel said.

He said security is always a top priority for his district.

Each year, the Redhawks perform state required safety training: at least three lockdown drills, two tornado drills and eight fire drills.

"I feel we're prepared," Hartel said.

Teacher Steven Hollocker said he's as prepared as he can be in case the unexpected happens.

"I feel confident and comfortable that should something happen we'd be ready," Hollocker said.

Hollocker teaches second grade. He said he believes administrators have done a great job preparing for the unthinkable.

"Drills often. Practice it often different scenarios different times of day so those kids are in different places," Hollocker said.

So how far have we come since Sandy Hook? We spoke with security expert Tom Mynsberge.

"I think where we have advanced is our responses from the community. That being law enforcement and first responders as well as unifying together on responses with school, staff, and administrators," Mynsberge said.

And what about the state required safety training? Is Michigan doing enough to protect our children at school?

"I think the state's on the right track of what they require. The only problem is it's so open ended and so varied throughout the state. Some are more aggressive than others," Mynsberge said.

Hartel said he's doing everything in his power to ensure that the faculty and students in his district are prepared.

"Those parents trust us at school to keep their children safe," Hartel said.

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