Howard County works to protect students

COLUMBIA, Md. -  

In Howard County school leaders, county officials, police and parents are taking measures to prevent a massacre like what happened in Newtown.

They created a joint task force on school safety and Tuesday night they held their first official meeting.

County Executive Ken Ulman believes they are doing an excellent job in the schools but says they can do better.

However, he says they will have to find a balance.

"We're gonna have to really decide what level of security is enough.  We can turn our schools into jails and put bars on every door, but what's the level of school security that is required in this day and age, Ulman said."

The group has short term and long term goals for school safety improvements. By March they plan to report to the superintendent and the county executive.

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