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Angleton ISD beefs up security in the wake of Connecticut school shooting

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More than 1,000 miles away from where bullets flew and so many young lives were lost; a lasting impact is taking form on the campuses of Angleton ISD.

"My number one priority is keeping my kids safe.  Not just physically safe, but emotionally safe.  We used this as an opportunity to see how do we protect our children the best," said Pat Montgomery, AISD superintendent.

Facing the same economic challenges as other Texas districts, Angleton's school board approved an array of protective measures, including new systems in each classroom, enabling teachers to lock out potential threats.

At Angleton's Southside Elementary, Principal Jerri Lynn McNeil is particularly pleased with the hiring of additional police officers to be permanently posted at the district's primary school campuses.

Their role is to both protect and to teach.

"They will be able to provide additional training to the students on bullying, stranger danger and helping our parents understand why we have some of the procedures that we have," said McNeil.

District Police Chief Chip Gayle welcomes the further inclusion of personal safety and security into Angleton's core curriculum.

It is, in his mind, a powerful legacy, to those taken in an American town not so different from his own.

"Those kids did not die in vain. This woke up America and it woke up a lot of people that had the power to say we are not going to let this happen here. Our schools are going to be safer and we are going to continue to let people know, they will not hurt our kids," said Gayle.

AISD tapped its reserve funds to pay for the additional security which includes the hiring of three social workers.

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