RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Over the years, area school districts have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of their campuses, following the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and the Columbine Shooting in 1999.
Carrie Lindenfeld with Richmond Public School's Department of Safety and Security tells CBS 6 they are working as best as possible to ensure similar incidents don't occur at city schools.
Metal detectors have been installed at some schools, along with additional security at the city's middle and high schools. But Lindenfeld says Friday’s shooting in Connecticut will evoke a new discussion about elementary school safety.
“You don't expect something like that to happen in an elementary school. However, we are prepared and our teachers and staff are trained."
Lindenfeld says all doors at the city's elementary schools remain locked throughout the day and frequent fire as well as tornado drills help prepare for other disasters.
We reached out to other school districts as well.
Chesterfield schools spokesperson says they have " a strong working partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies which is especially critical in times of crisis."