School shootings have prompted new security at some local schools.
Soon when you enter a Pittsyvlania County school, you'll pass through a metal detector.
That's one of seven new security measures the sheriff there wants by the start of next school year.
Pittsylvania County is the first in our area to roll out a detailed security plan like this since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
In addition to metal detectors the plan includes an armed deputy in every building and installing enclosed lobbies where guests will be screened by the metal detector before going any farther.
Teachers at all 20 schools in Pittsylvania County will also be part of strict security training.
Sheriff Mike Taylor plans to have emergency prep drills, different from fire or tornado drills, to get students prepared for the unthinkable.
He says there will also be an anonymous tip line for anyone to report potential threats or concerns.
"We have some hard choices to make, but our priority should be on the safety of our children first and foremost in my opinion,” Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor. “As I said, we have an obligation to make those campuses one of the most secure places that we can."
There were more than 1,400 criminal- and security-related incidents in Pittsylvania Schools in the 2011-2012 school year.
Most of those weren't a big deal, but the sheriff says he doesn't want his county to be the next Newtown, Connecticut.
The school superintendent says each armed deputy or school resource officer will be paid by the sheriff's department and the school system. Same split for all the other improvements.