Superintendents Say Schools Are Safe

By Matt Porter

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

Encicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The hallways were crowded on the first day back at Union-Endicott High School since a gunman killed 27, 20 of them children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Administrators at Broome-Tioga BOCES said superintendents and school boards are reviewing their already strict security measures.

Union-Endicott superintendent Suzanne McLeod said proper security measures have already been in place for years.

"I am confident that we have done everything in our power to maximize the security for every single child in this district," said McLeod.

Cameras and door locks at every entry make it nearly impossible for someone to gain access during the day.

All visitors must sign in, and can only move about the school with an escort.

"More often than not, they don't go anywhere," said McLeod, "They come and stay in the office, and we bring down who they are there to meet."

The Broome County Sheriff's Office made additional security available for schools.

They also said they regularly work with school districts on lock down scenarios similar to Sandy Hook.

"We are constantly training in this active shooter type environment," said Captain Frederick Akshar, "Based solely, unfortunately, on things that happened in society in the past."

Akshar said parents and students can help by always reporting anything out of the ordinary on school grounds.

"It's very simple to do," he said, "If you see something that's not right, even if you're not sure, pick up the phone. They're three easy numbers to call, 911."

Administrators for Broome-Tioga BOCES said after superintendents review security policies with their school boards, schools will determine on a district by district basis if they need to increase security.