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Security tightens at Lake County schools

Updated: January 19, 2013 6:18AM



A few Lake County schools had police on hand and upped security Monday in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut.

Some school officials said Monday they are more aware of visitors now and are reviewing their emergency policies.

Visitors to Gages Lake School, part of the Special Education District of Lake County, were asked to show identification before being buzzed into the office Monday. Visitors then were walked to the event by a chaperone.

Some schools also offered counselors Monday for students, especially those in elementary schools.

In Mundelein, in light of Friday’s school shooting tragedy, police asked area schools to remind their staffs of school crisis training they have received and the need to be constantly vigilant.

“Communities must never allow the philosophy of ‘it can’t happen here’ to take root when the safety of our children depend on prudent preparation and planning. School crisis drills are performed every 12 to 18 months and all area departments and schools are asked to attend,” said Mundelein Police Chief Ray Rose.

In an attempt to address community and school staff concerns, Mundelein police officers were staged at all schools on Monday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies have stepped up patrols around schools. Gurnee police had school resources officers at various village schools ready to answer any questions.

Both Waukegan District 60 and Woodland District 50 officials said they are planning on reviewing their crisis plans in light of facts still coming out of Newtown, Connecticut.



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