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Stricter school security no match for deadly weapons

Published 17/12/2012 | 17:00

SCHOOL visits are in another league in the US. It's not possible to simply push open the front door and walk in off the street – security is noticeable, and somewhat startling to an Irish person on the receiving end of it.

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Seven months ago, I gave a talk at an elementary school in upstate New York, in a remote community not dissimilar to Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 young children and six adults were massacred by semi-automatic rifle fire.

My visit was arranged in advance with members of the teaching staff, I was vouched for by a parent, and details were held by the school office. Nevertheless, nothing was taken on trust.

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