Sandy Hook Anniversary
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Today's incident is the 19th school shooting in the U.S. since Sandy Hook.
20-year-old Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire, killing 20 students and six staff members, along with his mother and, finally, himself.
The horrific massacre put the nation into a state of shock.
School districts here are taking extra precautions since the shooting.
The Pasco School District added more fencing and a significant amount of cameras, including cameras on all school buses.
The district also stepped up emergency drill procedures with it's most recent drill last month and it's planning a large drill with first responders in the spring.
The Richland School District is working with local law enforement in building it's new schools to make sure security measures are up to par.
The Kennewick School District sped up the process of adding security cameras and an entirely new surveillance system in a number of its schools.
Some parents are comfortable with scurity as it is, while others want even more done.
"It's terrifying, it can happen anywhere at anytime. I think everyone thinks about it daily, you just try not to until something happens," said Monica Johnson, who has three children in the Kennewick School District. "The schools should add a security guard with a gun. I think that would be wonderful at all the schools. I think it's much needed nowadays."
"I think that everything they've done to try and make it better so far is good enough for me," said Barbara Johnson, who has one daughter in the Kennewick School District. "I come and pick her up. I want to be responsible for her too as a parent to make sure that she's in my custody safe after school is over."
The local school districts explain to teachers and students during drills exactly what to do in case of any emergency.
We've had a few lockdowns in our area in recent weeks.
Handford High School was locked down after a threatening online post surfaced even though it wasn't clear if it was the Handford High here or the one in California.
Dayton High School was locked down the morning of November 25th when a note that threatened the safety of students was left on the back door of the school.