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Active-shooter drills advised for W.Va. schools


Southern West Virginia's top federal prosecutor says all schools should practice responding to an attack by a gunman as part of their planning for guarding against violence.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin outlined that recommendation and others Tuesday at a Charleston conference. The measures come from a report that draws on a school safety summit held in February.

Besides annual active-shooter drills, the report advises shatter-resistant windows and a single and locked entry point. It also recommends anti-bullying programs and a Prevention Resource Officer Corps that can provide active and retired law enforcement and veterans to schools.

West Virginia schools officials are already pursuing such steps. The topic has gotten a closer look since the December massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

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