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Middle School Works To Improve Safety, Combat Bullying

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A local middle school is making strides to keep their school safe, including an initiative to prevent bullying.

Sixth-grade students at Pickerington's Harmon Middle School were enthusiastic participants in NBC4's Battle Against Bullying presentation Wednesday.

The students were well aware of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, NBC4's Cabot Rea reported.

"It can happen to any of us at any time," said McKenna Bee Miller, a student.

Principal Lea Ann Yoakum said students have options, including a bullying form to report incidents of bullying or suspicious behavior.

Yoakum added that the school has made changes since the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

"We have new security in the Pickerington schools that includes keeping the outside doors locked all day," Yoakum said.

As for discussion to allow a school staff member access to a gun, Yoakum said, "I'm not sure how I feel about that. Though I would follow through if directed to do so at all costs. Our students' safety is most important. I believe these security measures we've taken has made our school much safer than it was before."

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