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Richmond County School Safety

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Police say the suspect in a Georgia school shooting had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition with him.

The Dekalb County Police say 20 year old Michael Brandon Hill had a number of weapons, including an A-K-47, when he barricaded himself inside an Atlanta school's front office.

No one was injured but shots were exchanged with officers.

The gunman faces several charges including terroristic threats.  

This incident has some asking, are our local schools safe?

We spoke with Richmond County BOE Chief Alphonzo Williams last week for the start of the school year.

He says he's increased police presence in Richmond County Schools. He has reorganized the department and filled vacant positions. That has allowed him to put more officers in schools to help keep students safe.

"We're going to have more visibility, more presence. We'll have two officers rather than one at these high schools relating to our kids and establishing a rapport and making sure our kids are safe."

He has also assigned two officers to float among the 34 Richmond County Elementary schools.

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