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McMinn Co. law enforcement conducts security sweep of schools

11:56 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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In the two months since the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, school security has been a top priority for districts across East Tennessee.

In McMinn County, they're taking a hands on approach, by testing their policies to see how they would stand up to an armed gunman.

The McMinn County Sheriff's Office and the Athens Police Department have teamed up with the school district to take an in depth look at the weak spots in their school security.

Friday law enforcement conducted a security sweep of Calhoun Elementary. It's apart of the safety assessment they plan to write for each of McMinn County's 10 elementary schools.

They tested every door, lock, and security camera and took note. Then, they looked for the best places for students and staff to take refuge in an emergency, as well as the school's visitor policy.

"Every school, every business, every home has got an element of risk. What you want to do is try to identify the risk and figure out ways to either reduce it or completely eliminate it," said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Sheriff Guy plans to present his findings to the school board and make recommendations on changes he thinks are necessary.

He did add that overall he is impressed and believes the schools are safer than they were several years ago.

WRCB in Chattanooga contributed to this report

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