“The man, Howard Anderson, is a familiar face at the high school. He greets students as they shuffle toward cars and buses. It’s not the only face time he gets with students. The private security officer also makes it a point to be there as students arrive in the morning and to chat with people he passes while patrolling the hallways throughout the day. As a result, many students know him by his first name and, more important, he knows the students well enough to know when something is off.

His presence is just one of the many new tactics local schools are using to step up security efforts, partially in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.” Read more here.