EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSTEPPED UP PATROLS
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Charleston Police Step Up Patrols In Wake Of Connecticut School Shooting
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 12:15 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 6:02 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston police are stepping up patrols at city schools this week following the school shooting in Connecticut.
Police said there is no threat or particular concern about a copycat shooter, but they want the community – on edge with the rest of the nation after the disturbing shooting – to be safe. There are only two schools that have full-time school resource officers. But patrol, traffic and even detective officers will be doing walk-throughs and drive-throughs at Charleston schools at least for the rest of the week.
It’s unclear at this point if the stepped up presence will continue when school resumes next year after the Chrlstmas break.
Meanwhile, there was heightened awareness across the state Monday in the wake of the Connecticut shootings. Schools in at least three West Virginia counties were put on lockdown as a precaution because of threats posted on social media. Nothing came of those threats, but officials are not taking any chances with the safety of children.
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