Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:15 AM by AP
GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish officials are revamping security in the public schools in the wake of the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.
School Superintendent Patrice Pujol says the district will launch a "three-pronged" program that includes increasing the police presence on school campuses, reviewing security measures at schools, and training students and staff on emergency plans.
Beginning April 1, Sheriff Jeff Wiley says 16 deputies will start a new school security officer program aimed at increasing police presence at the district's four high schools - Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant.
Wiley tells The Advocate those deputies will shadow the existing school resource officers for the remainder of the school year and then will begin operations on the new program in the fall.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com