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July 8, 2013

Mankato schools to bolster surveillance

Newtown results in added safety measures in district


“You uncover it all. You show it all to the board. You work very hard,” Hendricks said, noting the “unnerving and unsettling” events going on nationwide in schools.

In August, a team of principals, counselors, bus drivers and others will be meeting at the Mankato Public Safety building for crisis training with emergency responders, firefighters, police and sheriff's deputies. Groups will be put at tables and given a crisis scenario unfolding at a school, Meixl said.

Each table has to make choices under pressure, he said.

“Then we'll step back at each interval and hear from people on, 'What did you do?'” Meixl said. “It kind of brings everybody together on what's available, what's expected.”

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