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In Sandy Hook aftermath, North Country school enacts new security measures

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With Monday marking one month since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, school district administrators everywhere continue to look for ways to keep their buildings safer. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, one North Country district has already taken a series of measures designed to prevent a similar tragedy.

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. – "I don't think any of the school districts ever expected it to happen in their school districts,” Hudson Falls Superintendent Mark Doody said. “It's just something you can't be over prepared for now."

One month after an intruder entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, open fired and claimed 26 lives, the images, witnessed on TV screens across this country, are still painfully fresh.

"The ages of those children really struck a deep nerve with all educators and with the general public," Doody said.

Less than 200 miles away from Connecticut, administrators at the Hudson Falls School District have already implemented several changes designed to keep their students safe. In the weeks ahead, a new buzzer, intercom and camera system will be installed at all five of the district's instructional buildings.

"They'll push a button and they'll go directly to the main office and we'll start recording the voice and also there will be a video,” Doody said. “The visitor will be directed to come to the office, sign in, get a visitor pass and go about their business."

According to Doody, the equipment will cost about $5,500 to install and will work with the school's current phone and camera system.

District leaders are also looking at conducting intruder drills with all 2,300 Hudson Falls students instead of just those in the middle and high schools.

"It's vitally important your staff members know what to do in an emergency. Also, it's important for our students understand," Doody said.

The new technology will be installed in the weeks ahead, perhaps granting some peace of mind in a stressful time.

"I think the general public is certainly going to be accepting of what we're trying to do, where maybe 10 or 15 years ago, it might not have been so," Doody said.

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