Schools focus on security in wake of Conn. shooting

Toms River students practice evacuation drills and lockdown

Toms River students practice evacuation drills and lockdown exercises monthly.

TOMS RIVER - Schools around New Jersey and around the nation are taking a hard look at security measures following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Toms River, like many school districts, has taken time to reinforce its security measures for students and parents still shaken by the deadly school shooting.

School officials and police in Toms River say all schools in the district have security cameras installed throughout. Cameras are also on most buses, they say.

The schools also have buzz systems for visitors, and the high schools have security guards.

Toms River students practice evacuation drills and lockdown exercises monthly, with some designed to teach students what to do if a shooter gets inside of the school.

Toms River Police Chief Tom Mastronardy says he prefers to run those drills when students are on breaks to reduce the amount of potential stress.

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