Heightened security 'new normal' at CMS

Heightened security 'new normal' at CMS

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 6:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There's a new normal in schools across the country, brought on by school violence throughout the country.

Students in Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas will see changes in their schools too.

CMS students will be issued student ID badges beginning in September as the district launches a  cohesive safety initiative that is  part of a $19 million school security plan approved by County Commissioners earlier this year.

CMS schools will also have more security cameras in place.  By the end of the year, there will be 6,500, an increase from the 2,500 already in place.

"Our kids are our most precious commodity and we need to be able to keep them safe.  We've always thought kids were safe at home and school and we've seen over the  years that that might not always be the case.  So we welcome the changes, and we look forward to it," said Randy Hagler, Interim CMS Chief of Police.

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