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Northwoods School Checks Security SystemSubmitted: 02/04/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


MINOCQUA - The Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut made plenty of parents uneasy sending their children to school, but even before the tragedy, one Northwoods high school has improved their security system.

Lakeland Union High School has had a security system since the late 1990's.

They changed their system after the Columbine Shooting.

After the latest at Sandy Hook, Principal Jim Bouche wanted to have police check their system again.

"We had some things that were coming down the tube that we are going to practice here this year before sandy hook took place, but now definitely because of that occurring, we're doing again another gut check." said Bouche.

In the past two years, they've changed their cameras from analog to digital.

Bouche says they try to make sure security is up to date to prevent a tragedy from ever happening here.

"We've always tried to keep our communications with all of our first responders open all the time. And again it's always a gut check," Bouche said.

"When something happens at a school in our country you wanna take a look. Ok what did they do? Did they do it right? Did we have things in place? Are we doing it right?"

Fire drills and lockdowns will be scheduled in the next couple of months.

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