Belton makes security changes in wake of Newtown tragedy - KCTV5

Belton makes security changes in wake of Newtown tragedy

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BELTON, MO (KCTV) -

The Belton School District is making significant changes to its security system in the wake of the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The district is installing security systems that require those coming and going to use a buzzer. Someone will monitor all entrances to buildings either physically or through a camera system.

The Sandy Hook school had similar measures. The school had locked doors and required those entering to use an intercom to gain entrance.

But Adam Lanza used an assault rifle to blast his way into the school where he killed six adults and 20 first-graders.

Belton Deputy Superintendent Kirby Hall said there is no perfect system. But he said Belton wants to make it as difficult as possible for those with bad intentions to gain access to the campuses.

"What we want to try to do is to discourage anyone from coming in and causing harm," Hall said. "We are simply trying to make it more difficult. We realize we can't keep everybody from coming in an unwanted manner. But we are trying to make it as secure as we reasonably can."

Belton parents were told about the changes earlier this week. The district already had installed electric doors that can be locked and teachers and staff members receive training on how to react to a school shooting.

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