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School officials now reviewing safety procedures after Sandy Hook tragedy

School Safety
Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 17, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)---With the scenes of the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school unfolding on television...across the country.

Here at home, local school leaders taking a close look at their own measures to ensure they're doing everything possible to keep students safe in the classroom.

In Leon county, that's the job of Superintendent Jackie Pons.

"I'm sure its a high level of anxiety from our parents and from our students and what we want to do is make sure they understand that we're going to do everything we can to maintain a safe caring environment in our schools," said Pons.

Pons spent the day meeting with school leaders and parents, going over their procedures.

"As a state or as a nation when you have a national tragedy like this it'll cause everyone to revaluate their own safety and security, try to find improvements as you move forward but again right now just like everybody else we're focusing on their lost," said Pons.

"We do believe that our schools are extremely safe, the safest places for our children but we will review and we will discuss and as a nation and in the community, any improvements that we can make here in leon county we'll be doing that, said John Hunkiar, Chief of Safety and Security.

Hunkiar, also said there are many aspects to their safety plans. They include a number of procedures and practicing safety drills.

"We here in leon county have a lot of things that are over and above base line requirements and anything we can do to infuse our safety programs a little more, we will continue to do so," said Hunkiar.