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Former Sandy Hook superintendent speaks with local school administrators

It has been 18 months since the school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary,and the former superintendent is talking about lessons learned.

Local school administrators are listening.

It still shocks the senses.

"This is one of the most horrific things that has happened," saidJanet Robinson, former Newtown School superintendent.

In December 2012, a troubled Adam Lanza, armed with an AR15, killed 20 firstgraders and six educators. Newtown, Connecticut's former school superintendentis in New Orleans, talking prevention before school security administratorsfrom across the country.

"I think it's important to look at mental health issues and howaccessible these high powered weapons are to people with emotionaldifficulties," said Robinson.

Janet Robinson says Newtown did a lot to try and prevent whathappened. They had recently performed a lockdown drill and had a singlecontrolled access, but there were no security officers at Sandy Hook.

"There were not security people, but there were buzz-in systems andpracticed their alerts," she said.

Local school security officers gathered for the conference say thekey is using technology to find problem students once a threat has been made.

"We have that technology to investigate the screen names aren'talways their real names," said E.J. Bilbo, School Security Chief.

Vendors offer a wide array of new technologies, including controlledaccess systems.

In spite of new technologies, there are no easy solutions. Mostschools are using controlled access systems, as were used in Sandy Hook. Butthere it wasn't enough.

"The police response was three minutes. If we could have delayed themtwo minutes, that would have made a difference," said Robinson.

Robinson added some type of bulletproof glass might have made adifference. As for identifying the mentally ill before they buy guns, it'stricky.

"No one knew his mental state except his mother," said Robinson.

"They do it if you've been adjudicated mentally ill. But that needsto be broadened, I think," said Peter Scharf, a Criminologist at Tulane.

The search to save lives continues.

"Students are clustered in one place and we've got to find a way toprotect them," said Robinson.

Sandy Hook's former superintendent says changes have been made in herhometown of Newton, Connecticut. However, she refused to talk about the detailsfor security reasons.

As for security officers in all schools, the chief of security atOrleans Parish Schools says they've got them.

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