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Failed Safety Test Prompts S.C. District to Improve Security

CHESTER, S.C. — After failing a school safety test, which involved undercover officers walking around 12 of the district’s 13 schools without raising suspicions, Chester County School District has improved security.

Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, authorities approved the safety exercise, in which plain-clothed narcotics deputies walked right into schools without anyone — except for one substitute teacher at Lewisville Middle School — questioning the visitors’ purpose on campus.

District officials have since re-trained teachers and administrators on how to handle visitors on campus. Additionally, the district has installed security cameras and place second entrances so all visitors can receive approval by school employees before being allowed onto school grounds, The Herald of Rock Hill reports.

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