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Dec 17, 201204:49 PM

Cheat Sheet: December 17, 2012

Hampton Roads School Increase Security after Connecticut Shooting

Local elementary schools have added additional security on Monday following the Connecticut school massacre. Officials say the move is only a precaution. According to spokesperson Lauren Wicks, sheriff deputies were at Virginia Beach Public schools but police also made visits. On Sunday, parents were informed via an AlertNow message. Newport News Public schools have also increased security. Each elementary school will have a security guard and police will visit schools more often. The principals will soon be reviewing their crisis management plans. Suffolk Public Schools have also increased the presence of police both inside and outside of schools. They’ve also asked the principals to make sure that they comply with current security procedures and discus their school crisis plan with faculty and staff. (Source)

White House: Gun violence is a complex problem

According to the White House, curbing gun violence is a complex problem that will require a “comprehensive solution” including addressing gun control measures. Spokesman Jay Carney says that gun control is not the only solution to preventing shootings like the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. No single piece of legislation or single action will fully address the problem. In the upcoming weeks, our president will engage the American people and lawmakers on this issue, and will meet with law enforcement officials and mental health professionals. Obama plans to use the “power” of his office to tackle gun violence. (Source)

9-year-old killed in wreck from police chase

According to investigators, a 15-year-old driver who was fleeing from the police ran off a road and hit a tree near Mount Airy, killing a 9-year-old passenger. Authorities say an officer had noticed the vehicle was speeding while heading south on U.S. Highway 52 around 11:55 p.m. on Saturday. The chase went off the freeway, while the car crashed into a tree and overturned in the Ararat River. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was treated and released at the hospital. Neither name has been released. The investigation into the chase and crash continues. (Source)

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