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Renewed focus on safety in schools

Local leaders look at improving measures after Dec. 14 tragedy in Connecticut

3:13 PM, Dec. 19, 2012
The American flag outside the entrance to Heritage Elementary School in De Pere flies at half-staff Tuesday, Dec. 18, after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14.
The American flag outside the entrance to Heritage Elementary School in De Pere flies at half-staff Tuesday, Dec. 18, after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14.
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Kathy Van Pay sensed a difference with the temperament of many of the young students at Heritage Elementary School when they returned to school Monday after the weekend.

Instead of having what is typical excitement with Christmas only a week away that they "try so hard to be so good (during the school day) that sometimes they don't," according to Van Pay, their mood shifted the other way.

"I think, overall, people feel subdued - kids definitely," Van Pay, the principal at Heritage, said Tuesday. "Yesterday and today, a lot of the kids were more serious and very appreciative of their teachers. A ...

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