ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting – and on the day that three students were injured at Arapahoe High School in Colorado after a lone gunman entered the building looking for a teacher – we examined how these tragedies have impacted security at our schools.
One year ago, while Dr. Dianne Critchlow – the superintendent of the Fox School District – watched the horror that unfolded in Newtown, Conn., she knew immediately that she had to step up school security.
"We're responsible for these students, and if we don't place every single measure to ensure their safety, then we're not doing our job," she said.
Visitors have to ring a bell to get through the front doors of the school, and if employees don't recognize you, you won't be getting in.
The district spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the increased security measures – including the buzzer system, extra cameras and training.
The Fox School District now holds meetings once a month to discuss safety concerns.
NewsChannel5 checked with other school districts in Missouri and Illinois, including Clayton and Belleville, officials there say they too increased security measures after the shooting massacre in Newtown.