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Meriden schools discuss new safety measures after Newtown shooting

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At least one state senator took a firsthand look at what Connecticut schools are doing to step up security at schools since the shooting in Newtown.

For the second time since she was named to a gun violence and school safety task force, state Sen. Dante Bartolomeo visited Roger Sherman Elementary School in Meriden where officials are considering the possibility of officers in every school.

Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette said an officer in every school would cost Meriden taxpayers about $500,000 per year.

Superintendent of Schools Mark D. Benigni said beyond bringing in more officers, officials are also considering additional doors and reinforced, shatter-resistant or bulletproof glass in places.

Everyone who goes to a Meriden school must be let in by a buzzer system, and each school has only one entry point, which was set up during the holiday break.

Bartolomeo, who was a former PTO co-president and a city council liaison to the Meriden Board of Education, visited schools in Middletown last week. She will visit schools in Cheshire sometime next week. 

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother while she slept in her bed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then killed himself as police entered the school.

Bartolomeo, who is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention and Child Safety Task Force, will be attending a public hearing in Newtown Wednesday night.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News will stream this meeting live on

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