New city, county committees to focus on school security

10:06 am | January 4, 2013

After Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the impact of his crimes was felt throughout the nation.

Photo by Danny Davis
Director of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward speaks at the town hall meeting called by State Rep. Kent Williams Thursday evening as Williams (left) and Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes (right) look on.

Even though the U.S. saw several acts of violence in 2012, and many more throughout its history. State Rep. Kent Williams says the Newtown shooting stands apart.

“We had violence in America before America was America,” Williams said. “Sandy Hook hit home more than the rest, because of the age of the children.”

In response to Sandy Hook, Williams organized a town hall meeting focusing school security measures, both present and potential.

“I know we have school board members, law enforcement, county commission, city council, and citizens that will do everything that they can to protect our children,” Williams said, to open the meeting. “That’s why we’re having this meeting.”

While Williams acknowledged he wanted to address school security, he pointed out he sees no particular flaws in current security procedures.

“I’m not saying we’re doing anything wrong,” Williams said. “We’re probably doing everything that we can, financially, do.”

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