Schools across Rhode Island see further security upgrades

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A number of school districts around Rhode Island are working to improve security systems in their buildings, in response to momentum sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

WPRI-TV reports at least eight school districts — Burrillville, Bristol-Warren, Central Falls, Chariho, Cumberland, Johnston, North Kingstown and Pawtucket — plan to add or upgrade security cameras this year.

Portsmouth Superintendent Ana Riley says a violent attack that occurred earlier this year in the district instilled a sense of urgency in local officials.

When Portsmouth students return to school on Wednesday they will be greeted by armed security guards and a high-tech visitor management system. The upgrades in Portsmouth cost the district $400,000.

Riley says she hopes the upgrades will help families feel safer.

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