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Students at Beresford High School talk safety

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While new legislation can take time to pass and eventually go into effect, districts in South Dakota are looking to make schools safer now. Beresford is no exception.

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut shocked schools around the nation but it left an even bigger impact on students inside.

"I think 'why would something like that happen, and what we can do to prevent that in the future'," Riley Schaap said.

Students I met at Beresford High School are paying close attention to talk over gun control.

"Many people have the standpoint of taking away the guns thinking that's going to prevent it. If people are going to do something bad with guns, they'll find other ways to get them," Hailey Sveeggen said.

While administrators find new ways to keep the buildings safer.

"It's a community effort, not just schools. It involved parents, community, local law enforcement. It's a job of everyone that's why it's important to involve all of those entities when you do crisis management and things like that," Superintendent Brian Field said.

There are about 25 security cameras in and around the Beresford High School but one thing the district wants to do is have the ability to lock the doors from the inside of the classroom in the event of a lock down.

"In a situation like that, there would be nerves and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them be successful in an emergency situation, and not nervous," Brian Field said.

Students admit talking about guns along with school safety is not easy, but they're glad to have staff that would do anything to keep the hallways safe.

"Guns are a right that citizens have. Sometimes you have to take background checks to make sure people are legit. There are responsibilities that go with guns and it's a responsibility that people should be able to take," Schaap said.

When we asked superintendent Brian Field for his thoughts toward armed school staff, he said it creates more of an opportunity for bad things happen and it's not the way to go.

Beresford School District is fortunate to have a close relationship with local law enforcement.

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