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Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a heavily secured campus on Wednesday as they began their first new academic year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building.
A total of $6.5 million has been spent on security enhancements, including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance.
Students - Lanyards - IDs - Necks - Police
All the students wore lanyards with IDs around their necks as they walked past a heavy police presence, while guards greeted them with German shepherds and a law enforcement helicopter hovered overhead.
Samantha Deitsch, 15, said she's grateful for the changes, but 'there's literally no place that I am every day that I feel 100 percent safe and the thought doesn't go through my head that someone could come in with a gun.'
Anijah - Avera - Shooting - Bit - Morning
Anijah Avera, 16, said she mostly doesn't think about the shooting except for 'a little bit this morning... we have better security now so I feel a little more at ease.'
Three school resource officers, three security specialists and a dozen campus monitors will be on patrol.
Watch - Fences - Gates - Beginning - End
They will be keeping watch at new fences and gates at the beginning and end of the school day, to ensure that only staff and students wearing ID badges are allowed to enter.
Visitors will have only one way in, and they'll be screened through a video intercom system.
District - Detectors - Course - Concerns - Privacy
The district had planned to add metal detectors but reversed course amid concerns over privacy and the impracticality of trying to clear thousands of students before each day's morning bell.
All classroom doors have new hardware that automatically locks when doors are pulled shut.
Witnesses - Scott - Beigel - Student - Joaquin
Witnesses said teacher Scott Beigel and student Joaquin Oliver were fatally shot as they ushered students inside to safety, in part because the old hardware required relocking from the outside.
Many reminders have been removed from the campus, such as posters...
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