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As Sandy Hook anniversary approaches, local school shares its safety improvements

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- As the Sandy Hook anniversary approaches, schools across the country are reviewing their security measures.

On Friday, Columbia High School in East Greenbush shared the steps they take to keep over 1,400 students safe.

Several upper-level positions have been put in place, including a full-time school security supervisor and police officer, surveillance cameras mounted around the school, and, by next summer, a new, fortified entrance, complete with bullet proof glass and an attendant checking in all visitors. Columbia High Principle John Sawchuk says the measures will make it virtually impossible for anyone to enter the school undetected.

"We'll be putting in our new buzzer system which helps control who comes into the building. Our only entry point, which is important. Helps us better identify who comes into the building, and if there was an emergency, we would be able to buy some time, contact our police in the building or our outside police department," he says.

In February 2004, Columbia High School was scene of a shooting when a 16-year-old opened fire at the East Greenbush school. A teacher trying to stop the student that day was shot in the leg, but no one else was injured. Principal Sawchuk was considered a hero in that case, when he took down the gunman and got the gun away.

 

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