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Police Assigned to Hillsborough Schools Monday

School officials want to increase the presence of security and have school psychologists on hand as a precaution, in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings Friday.

Additional police officers and security guards will be assigned to Hillsborough County schools Monday, officials announced.

Hillsborough County school officials are taking the measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings Friday that killed 20 young students and six adults inside the Sandy Hook elementary school.

Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is sending out an automated phone message today to notify parents of Monday’s plans.

There have been no threats made against any Hillsborough County school. The goal is to increase the visibility and presence of security and school resource officers as a precaution.

“Also, the head of psychological services has been sharing tips with principals and has made plans for school psychologists to be ready to respond, if necessary,” the district said in a written statement.

The shootings in Connecticut, beieved to be at the hand of a 20-year-old gunman who then shot himself, have resulted in nonstop media coverage. President Obama was scheduled to visit Newtown Sunday to mourn with parents and the community. The children shot and killed were first-graders at the school.

The Hillsborough County School District is the eighth largest in the nation. The increased security and law enforcement will be focused on elementary schools Monday.

What do you think of Hillsborough's plans for Monday? Tell us in the comments section below.

Fern December 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I don't think it is going to really be necessary. There is no threat and all the hype won't make a difference. Then it will all die down people will revert to what they always do and then unfortunately some crazy person will strike again
Mary Ann Parker December 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
For the children and their parents, at least for tomorrow they may feel a little safer. We in the schools do all we can to protect our children, but sometimes unfortunately it just isn't enough.
Doris Ripoll December 17, 2012 at 04:24 AM
As has been true in so many instances, with human lives lost in unspeakable tragedies...our hindsight is no much stronger and clearer than our foresight. We shouldn't have to use so many police officers after the fact. We should use these men/women (and other professionals) to change, then enforce, the new laws: making sure no guns are loose and readily available to anyone who might enhance or challenge his/her anger, rage, emotional pain and mental instabilities by stealing the lives of our youth, our children...the future of this country. If parents and/or grandparents are not going to teach against hate and violence, and who are not going to be certain that children cannot access firearms in the homes...then it is left to teachers, who have to add these lessons to their already overloaded jobs.
Debbie Shelton December 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Don't most middle & high schools already have Resource Oficers?
Eddie Morera (Ret. Detective) February 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM
We need Armed Security at our Elementary Schools. Let's not wait till it hits home (our County) and then regret the fact, it could have been prevented!!!!!!!!

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