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As Mark and Jackie Barden send their two children, 11-year-old Natalie and 13-year-old James, back to school in Newtown, it’s yet another painful reminder of what’s missing.
“This will be our first time back to school without Daniel,” said Jackie Barden, Daniel’s mother.
Daniel was one of 20 children and six educators killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook School last December.
As the Newtown school system welcomes back more than 5,000 kids today, the school board says they are doing everything they can to put families at ease in the wake of Newtown and the recent school shooting scare in Georgia.
“Parents will definitely see armed security at each school and there will be additional guards at multiple schools,” said Debbie Leidlein, chair of the Newtown board of education.
Sandy Hook School is being torn down and kids will head to Chalk Hill School instead this year. More safety changes are expected to take place in Newtown schools over the course of the year but officials couldn’t elaborate on what exactly that will entail.
And it’s not just Newtown, school districts across the country are adding more armed security guards to their schools, especially elementary schools. And at least three states have recently passed laws allowing teachers to be able to carry handguns on campus.