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The question of whether schools should have guns and/or armed officers is a subject of nationwide debate since 26 elementary students and staff were killed in a December shooting in Newton, Conn.
Student enrollment is up in Fairfax County, prompting school officials to consider building new schools to alleviate overcrowding.
It was an emotionally rough morning, as students headed back to school in the D.C. area on Monday. It's the first day since the Connecticut shootings and emotions were raw.
All Fairfax County public schools will close two hours early Wednesday so school buses can avoid the heavy Thanksgiving traffic.
In a Civics honors class at Liberty Middle School, some students were instructed to write papers about each of the Republican candidates' weaknesses and to come up with attack strategies.