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Pittsfield evaluates safety measures in schools

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Like many school districts across the country, Pittsfield is reviewing safety procedures in its schools in light of the tragedy in Connecticut. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- As kids go back to school after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, parents can't help but worry.

"It's very hard to think that you may never see them again. You send them where you think they're going to be safe. And you kiss them goodbye, tell them you love them and then, you know, they don't come home," said Lisa Poli, parent of four.

It's this concern that local leaders and school officials want to ease by discussing safety protocol in the city's schools.

"We want to make sure that we're doing everything possible to make sure that their children are safe," said Mayor Dan Bianchi.

Bianchi is working with the fire and police department and the school board to make sure that current safety measures are being followed.

"Keep our buildings locked. I have my I.D. ready so set a good example for getting into the buildings and never let our guard down," said Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy.

Comfort for parents who are shaken by the shooting.

"I mean they've been pretty good here. But it's kind of scary because you never know," said Tamy Parent.

Although the city is thinking of some ways to improve safety in the schools, Mayor Bianchi and Superintendent Noseworthy say they're pretty confident with safety conditions in the schools right now.

"I feel very confident that we're doing everything possible that our children are enjoying a safe environment," said Noseworthy.

Although no new safety rules have been added yet, Bianchi said they'll implement some if necessary.

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