Minnesota officials reconsider elementary school security


In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Minnesota school officials are beginning to rethink security at elementary schools, the Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota officials traditionally have focused more on high schools when it came to security. Elementary schools typically have more open floor plans that can make limiting access more difficult, the newspaper reports.

But creating safer environments at more than 900 elementary schools in the state is becoming a bigger priority, the Star Tribune says. Some district officials are mulling additional resource officers or greeters at elementary school entrances who can keep an eye on those who pass into the buildings.

In other news last week, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said student mental health is key to school security, MPR reported.

School officials have said that they took additional steps to make schools safer in the wake of school shootings in the early 2000s, including the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, the Pioneer Press reported.

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