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Peekskill Schools to Increase Police Presence

Peekskill school and police officials are ramping up the police presence in the district's schools in response to the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Peekskill police plan to step up their presence in the city’s school district in light of the events that took place in Newtown, Conn. last week.

Schools Superintendent Jim Willis met with police officials to discuss issues surrounding security today and agreed to enhance the police presence in all of the district’s schools for the next few weeks.

The district also had a crisis team available to speak with students today.

“It really wasn’t was resource that anyone turned to,” said Laura Belfiore, a district spokeswoman. “Most of the concerns came from high school students and those were handled on a school level with the principals and the school psychologists. Those are the only concerns that have been reported.”

All of the building principals have met with their teachers to see if there were any concerns that need to be addressed.

Administrators also met with the safety planning teams for each school to go over procedures that are currently in place.

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