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Local schools react to Newtown massacre

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Classes are resuming in schools across the region today, after three days focusing on the students and teachers murdered in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.Administrators are studying safety plans and considering if any changes are needed. Parents are dealing with those conversation with their kids. Teachers have to be ready to talk to their students.

Buffalo Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes says there has been a lot of work over the weekend.

"Our social workers and our school psychologists are really stepping up," Keresztes said.

"They're sharing a lot of information with each other. They are disseminating really good information to teachers with regard to students and how to talk to students and how to keep a sense of normalcy as best you can in a situation like this."

Keresztes says police officers assigned to the school system will also be ready today.

Frontier Superintendent James Bodziak says he looked at the emergency plan on Friday.

"The important thing is that administrators and teachers have a connection with students so that if something is out of the ordinary where a student is talking out of the ordinary, other students will report it to the adults who can take action before something tragically happens," Bodziak said.

"So, it's a matter of connecting, making those connections with students."

Bodziak says it's important because parents have entrusted the safety of their kids to the schools.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.