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Local schools make security changes after Sandy Hook

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Since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, several Rhode Island schools have instilled security changes.

"When you see day after day in the news, things happening at school systems around the country really, yeah, it's a nervous feeling you get every single day," said Gary Pichel, who was 2 kids in Cumberland schools.

He's just one of several parents concerned about the safety of his kids during school hours, especially since the shootings last year.

But those fears are calmed slightly by new security measures being put into place in Cumberland, replacing doors and locks in all 8 public schools.

"Anything they can do to help make it safer I feel much better for, yes," said Rob Bishop, whose son Nicholas goes to the Community School.

"If there's something bad in school we have external drills, internal drills." affirmed Nicholas.

Cumberland isn't the only community that's instilled changes since Sandy Hook:
Warwick schools have spent $400,000 on door locks, security cameras, and keyless systems.

In Cranston, teachers are being trained how to evacuate if a gunman is ever on campus.

These and more security measures are all meant to protect the safety of students, even if it means looking a little less cool on campus.

"I think the security is good... I just wish we could wear sunglasses," said Amanda Sheppard with a laugh. She's a sophomore at Cumberland High School. "It does obstruct your vision of the face."

Cumberland Superintendent Phil Thornton says the overhaul of the doors and locks will begin in those schools within the next 6 weeks.

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