The Hannibal school district is taking a close look at its security measures in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
It even called in a safety expert tonight to give them some ideas on what additional measures they can take to keep your kids safe.
Hannibal school officials invited Dr. Peter Langman, an expert on the psychology of school shooters, and author of Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, to give them some insight into preventing school violence-- but they also wanted parents and teachers to hear him as well.
Hundreds of people packed the Roland Fine Arts Center at Hannibal LaGrange college tonight...to learn more about a topic that concerns them-- school violence.
They wanted to hear from Dr. Peter Langman on how to prevent it.
It's something Third grade teacher Susan Swisher thinks about frequently.
"You never think it's going to happen where you live but it's something I think we're all concerned about and worried about I don't know how anyone could not be concerned about it," said Susan Swisher.
To give teachers like Swisher an idea of what to look for in potentially dangerous students, Langman showed pre-shooting writing samples from Columbines' Eric Harris.
"They may be presenting papers in school about shooting other kids, giving talks on how to build bombs, school shooters have done all these different things, so if you know what other shooters have done prior to their attacks then you can be on the lookout," said Langman.
But Langman says the best thing a school can do to prevent a school shooting isn't preparing the teachers-- but the students.
"Students are more likely than anyone else to hear and see things that might indicate potential violence, so you need to educate students on the warning signs, and have a system in place so they can report what they see," said Langman.
Hannibal school officials say while they already have security cameras and high tech door systems installed in their schools, they will continue to make upgrades as technology advances.
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