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The trend of stationing police officers inside schools is on the rise. At least three districts in the D.C. metro area are publicly mulling an increased security force, along with school systems across the country.
There is common ground among opposing sides as lawmakers tackle the issue of gun control, mental health and school safety.
The National Rifle Association says the Obama administration's proposals to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre don't address the heart of the problem, advocating instead for better mental health care and vigorous prosecution of criminals who use guns.
Maryland state legislators have begun pushing for police in schools, even as they propose laws to eliminate assault weapons.
An official fund has been established for families of the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Police in Prince George's and Montgomery counties say residents will likely spot more police cars around schools, but urge locals not to be alarmed.
In a crisis, experts say talking to children about the event is important, but must be done with sensitivity and awareness.
Across the D.C. region, police are working to head off potential threats like Monday's shooting at a Baltimore County high school.