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Stafford County schools start new security measures

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The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. has school systems around the country re-evaluating their security measures.

In Stafford, Va., steps have been taken to protect students further.

"We want the community to know that we are going to do everything we can to keep their children safe. As a matter of fact, I am a mother of five, and I know exactly how they would feel," said Stafford County Sheriff's Deputy Nancy Morin.

Morin patrols the halls of Stafford Middle School. She is one of more than two dozen deputies assigned for the first time to full-time duty at Stafford schools. There will now be an officer at every school indefinitely.

Parents ABC 7 spoke with were ecstatic.

"I don't think it's a bad idea. We need the security in the schools," said parent Michelle Clay.

Stafford County Sheriff's Office officials got together following the school shooting in Newtown last month and decided they had to act.

Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said, "We want to do everything we can in a proactive manner to make sure our schools are safe."

Stafford Middle School Principal Mark Smith loves the idea.

" That response time is where we are waiting for that support and having that support here in the building is phenomenal," Smith said.

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