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School Security is a Hot Topic for Madison County Parents

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, local PTA groups gathered a school security panel together on Tuesday night to talk about characteristics of a school shooter and ways to help children heal following a traumatic event.

Dozens of parents showed up for the forum held at at Columbia High School. The event was sponsored  by the Huntsville and Madison parent-teacher associations. One mother in the audience has always looked at the school safety issue differently.

"When I was in high school in Florida there was a school shooting incident and one our our administrators was killed so I have always paid close attention to school security," LeAnne Letize McGee told WHNT News 19 Tuesday. She has two elementary aged children and also serves on their school PTA board.

"I think they are doing a great job with school safety here in Madison and Huntsville, but it is always a good thing to look at what we have in place and what we could be doing differently," Letize McGee added.

Parents were able to submit questions in advance for the law enforcement and school security officials sitting on the forum's panel. One parent asked what security is in place currently and if any has been added since the shooting.

Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey said schools in Madison have spent much time reviewing their security procedures and safety plans since the shooting.

Sgt. Stacy Bates of the Huntsville Police Department said the same was true in Huntsville.

(WHNT News partner The Huntsville Times contributed information to this story)