As people all over the nation continue to process the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Louisiana leaders are reviewing security policies to make sure our schools are safe.

State Education Superintendent John White said it's a tough day for educators, who now have to be prepared to handle questions from students.

"We have counselors on site communicating with parents about it," White said. "I've heard from a large number of parents who are handling this in their own way, which is exactly what they should be doing. But it's important for schools to have their teachers prepared."

In light of that tragedy, White did make a visit to a local middle school today for a more positive reason.

Benton Middle is one of Bossier Parish's Top 12 Gains Schools. Those schools each receive a check for nearly $8,500 as a reward for increasing student achievement.

 

Listen to my full interview with Superintendent White here: