Do Extra Security Measures Really Make Schools Safer?

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On the Department of Education's Web site, a letter to parents and school staffers reminded them that every school has a safety plan. Some principals sent letters home to reassure parents that they are on top of these safety plans. And some held drills with the students.

WNYC's Beth Fertig spoke with WNYC's Marc Garber during "All Things Considered" on Thursday about whether these plans are considered effective. She also shared some thoughts from local students, recorded after the 1999 Columbine massacre, about why mass school shootings don't happen in big cities.