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Sheriff’s office increases presence at all schools

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

County law enforcement and school officials responded to the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut by providing additional security and counselors throughout the school division this week.

“We’ve beefed-up our enforcement presence at all schools,” Sheriff Ashland Fortune said during Monday’s supervisors’ meeting. “We hope and pray that nothing like that ever happens in Louisa County Public Schools, but we’re not exempt.”

Fortune urged students, parents, teachers and citizens to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office.

“If you hear something, let us know,” he said.

“The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is always so supportive of us,” Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit said Tuesday.

Pettit notified parents of Louisa County students Friday in a phone message about the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Based on the advice of school psychologists, she asked that parents consider limiting children’s media exposure to the tragedy, but also asked that parents be willing to discuss the issue if their children asked about the incident.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 20 edition of The Central Virginian.