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Greeneville putting armed guard in each school

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When the school year begins in Greeneville, each of their six schoolS will have an armed guard dedicated to each building. When the school year begins in Greeneville, each of their six schoolS will have an armed guard dedicated to each building.
"It makes you worry. Could it happen here? Could it happen to me? What if it were my kid? What would I do?" Dalton explained. "It makes you worry. Could it happen here? Could it happen to me? What if it were my kid? What would I do?" Dalton explained.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) – The Connecticut elementary school shooting from December 2012 has one local district making changes.

When the new year begins in Greeneville, each of their six schools will have an armed guard dedicated to each building.

So far, they've rotated one full-time officer and one part-time officer between the schools.

The township, police department and school district decided that was nowhere near enough.

Chad Dalton has a 6-year-old son who attends one of the schools. He says the incident left him a little concerned every time he dropped his son off at school.

"It makes you worry. Could it happen here? Could it happen to me? What if it were my kid? What would I do?" he explained.

"We want to enhance police presence at all of our schools to reinforce security and the comfort level of both students and parents," said City Administrator Todd Smith, in a news release.

Making sure there's an armed guard in each building would reduce response time, if there was an emergency.

"Instead of 25 to 30 children getting hurt, maybe you'll reduce it to fewer people getting hurt. You get someone there immediately instead of waiting 30 minutes for someone to make a call and them getting over here," Dalton said, about why he feels better.

Kids returning to school after Christmas break will see a full-time officer on their campus.

The plan was finalized by leaders on Wednesday.

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