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One-year after Newtown: what has changed?

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It's been one year since the nation's second deadliest school shooting.

Today we sit down with panhandle school officials to talk about what has changed since the devastation at Newtown.

Last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School sparked a national debate about gun laws and school safety.

On December 14, 2012, 20–year–old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children, ages six and seven, and six adults at the school before turning the gun on himself.

Over the past year, school districts across Nebraska have worked to heighten security efforts and address other safety concerns to best avoid similar disasters.

"When things like Sandy Hook happen, the number one danger you're looking at is intruders," says Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Rick Myles.  "Specifically, one thing we have done is, now at our elementary schools, we do have the vestibules secured with buzzers and cameras."

Myles says the district has also increased simulated drills in recent years and has adopted the Standard Response Protocol for emergencies.  

Morrill Superintendent Nick Schafer says his district is also upping the ante on emergency drills and are planning a lock-down drill with local emergency response teams in coming months.

"That set of boxes right there is all of our security camera systems that are going-in over Christmas time," Schafer says of additional security improvements.  "For both buildings we'll have in door and outdoor security cameras."

"I think one of the primary things we've done is make sure students and teachers feel prepared for any emergency," says Myles.  "And that's the approach that we take."

Both Myles and Schafer say it's better for students, teachers and school staff to feel prepared rather than scared.

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