School Principal: Armed Officer 'A Win-Win'
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Jordan Elementary School Principal, Stacy DeCorsey, tells the Associated Press the school has hired a trained, armed officer to guard the front door. DeCorsey says "we're taking care of things and keeping kids safe." (March 1)

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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYJORDAN, MINNESOTA -- FEBRUARY 20, 20131. Jordan police officer walks down a hall at Jordan Elementary School2. SOUNDBITE: Stacy DeCorsey, Jordan Elementary School Principal: "Every visual that you have from Sandy Hook is tough, you know. Just every thought of it. We still, my teachers were choked up for weeks after that. So we want to avoid that at all costs, obviously. Sandy Hook had everything in place, security wise, they really did. What they didn't have was a trained, armed officer at the front door. So we will have that, the majority of the time." 3. Various B-roll of fourth-grade class at Jordan Elementary School (kids reading, writing)5. SOUNDBITE: Stacy DeCorsey, Jordan Elementary School Principal: "This is long overdue. And it's a good thing that we're taking care of things and keeping kids safe. It's important, it's so important to keep kids safe. And it is a different world that we're living in. Unfortunately it is. And I still want kids to have fun and to learn and to come here and be engaged. And if having that police car out front gives a peace of mind, that's terrific. And if it deters someone from coming and doing harm, that's terrific. I just see it as a win-win for the city and for the school district."6. Various Jordan police car outside Jordan Elementary School 7. SOUNDBITE: Stacy DeCorsey, Jordan Elementary School Principal: "This is the office in the elementary (school) where the officer will be housed. We were able to over the weekend to put in this window so that the officer can see as people come in and out of the building."9. SOUNDBITE: Lacey Sand, Children attend Jordan Elementary School: "Before Sandy Hook, I don't think any parent could have braced themselves for this. After Sandy Hook, you know, it's just something that now is a part of our lives and that we have to be prepared for. And Jordan is preparing us for that."10. School bus lined up outside Jordan Elementary School at end of school day.11. Jordan Middle School (a different building from Jordan Elementary School but nearby).12. SOUNDBITE: Lance Chambers, Jordan Middle School Principal: "Times have so changed. And I don't know why. Maybe there's a lot more pressures in our society today. I think a lot of this stems back to a lot of things, that we don't give children the right idea of who they are and where they can go. And more than just the security with police officers here, too, what we're trying to do, too, is we're trying to provide a place here where the kids know they're safe and can be listened to, and that we have good, positive energy going throughout our school. And I think any school can be a lot better if they provide those avenues for kids, knowing that they have a place to talk, instead of going to action before they talk."13. School buses lined up outside Jordan Elementary School at end of school day.14.Jordan Middle School (a different building from Jordan Elementary School but nearby)15. Various B-roll of fourth-grade class at Jordan Elementary School (kids reading, writing, working on computers)16. SOUNDBITE: Lance Chambers, Jordan Middle School Principal: "I really appreciate that officer sitting there because that is his area of expertise. Our area of expertise is teaching reading, math, you know. And so we appreciate having their help and having them there."17. Jordan Middle School (a different building from Jordan Elementary School but nearby)STORYLINE:(****END****)