Schools make safety changes after Sandy Hook shooting

By Amanda Porterfield |

Published 12/15 2013 10:44PM

Updated 12/16 2013 02:00PM

 CHARLESTON -- After the shooting at Sandy Hook, many schools around the country are taking a second look at security. One year ago, Saturday December 14, 2012, a gunman shot 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

One school in Central Illinois is still making changes. The Charleston School District has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars beefing up security.

They're putting in cameras and new entrances to the schools. The district is also in the process of adding an app with important information teachers will be able to use in a crisis. They say everything they've done is to help save time in case of an emergency.

"Newtown really brought it to the forefront. This is the first time we've ever seen a mass shooting of elementary children," says Charleston Schools Superintendent Jim Littleford.

The district plans to apply for a safety grant next year to help pay for some of the new changes.

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