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FCPD: Expect Increased Police at Schools Monday

Fairfax County Police say there is no threat, it's just for reassurance in wake of Connecticut shootings.

When children return to school on Monday, families should expect to see an increased police presence, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The move is a reaction to Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT,  where a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers.

The gunman also killed his mother at her nearby home.

The following was posted by FCPD on its Facebook page on Sunday:

As children return to school tomorrow, you will see an increased police presence at and around schools in the county. We want the community to know this is being done as a reassurance for parents, teachers and students and NOT because there is any threat. It is a result of the shooting in Newtown, CT.

For parents unsure about how to explain Friday's tragedy, see "How to Talk to Your Kids About Connecticut Shootings."

A fund has been set up to help the school in Connecticut. For more information, see "How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting."

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Don Joy December 17, 2012 at 01:42 PM
It does not inspire confidence in Fairfax County so-called authorities to see it posted that "We want the community to know this is being done as a reassurance for parents, teachers and students and NOT because there is any threat. It is a result of the shooting in Newtown, CT." It would be more reassuring if we had personnel who displayed the minimum of common sense--what you should have posted is that there is not a SPECIFIC threat, but that THERE IS A GENERAL THREAT--otherwise why post officers? Why the need to reassure anyone if there isn't a general threat?? Perhaps it would have been best not to say anything about the general threat, because it just goes without saying. The public knows the score at this point. Whoever posted that stupid statement plainly does not. GET IT TOGETHER, FCPD, AND DO YOUR JOB OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL REPLACE YOU. What we don't need are brainless bureaucrats failing time and again.
Don Joy December 19, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Armed and trained personnel at each and every school to protect our children, period.

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