In wake of Sandy Hook, school safety summit planned - KCTV5

In wake of Sandy Hook, school safety summit planned

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About 200 school district and law enforcement officials from Johnson and Miami counties are expected to attend an upcoming school safety seminar.

School safety and security are always a paramount concern, but especially after 26 students and school employees were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT.

Public and private schools are invited along with higher education institutions in the two counties.

"The idea began to come together as a way to share ideas and become a toolbox other districts and law enforcement would want to make use of it," Mike Slagle, assistant superintendent for the Blue Valley School District said.

The hope is to make schools safer. The summit will be held this spring.

"School safety has always been a concern, and Sandy Hook just elevates that concern," Johnson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rick Howell said. "We're always looking for the best practices to help protect our children."

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