REDMOND, OR -- Saturday marks one year since the horrific attacks at Sandy Hook Elementary. In the wake of last year's shooting, schools across the county, and across Central Oregon, reevaluated how they keep students and staff safe. For the Redmond School District, the changes were many. Superintendent Mike McIntosh told KBNW News some steps were simple: the removal of trees and bushes, installing cameras. He said in other cases, such as Redmond High School, major reconstruction took place to improve visibility and defensible space.
McIntosh said it's been a challenge balancing student safety with a healthy educational environment.
"We will do our best to not make our schools prisons, that we will allow educational activities to happen, as they should, where kids get to experience things that are sometimes outside of the fence, outside of the building, a long, long way from home."
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