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Officials hold meeting with Springfield parents, students to discuss school safety

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Elected officials and city residents came together Tuesday night for a Springfield Town Hall meeting.

The meeting was hosted by Massachusetts Parents United and Springfield Teens for Action.

This comes two months after the deadly Florida school shooting, and after a number of threats to a number of schools in western Massachusetts. 

Parents and students headed to the Brightwood Library to ask about the protocols and solutions that are in place in Springfield to to keep students and teachers safe.

When it comes to gun safety in schools, Springfield school committee member Latonia Naylor said its something they don't take lightly.
"We are being very proactive meeting with districts talk about policies and that their sound, very happy to say policies are thorough," Naylor said. 
Naylor knows gun violence all too well. She was shot while walking home from school when she was 16, and hopes these conversations encourages parents and students to speak up.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni also feels an open dialogue is important  when it comes to gun violence and school safety.

Gulluni said he wants to let the public know what his office is doing to make sure everyone is safe.

"Enforcing the laws as strictly as possible to those committing violence, and to those coming in and out of system that are making the community less safe," said Gulluni. 
Gulluni told Western Mass News his office also works to educate young people and get them involved.

On Monday, his office held their third annual Hoop Up Springfield job fair and basketball tournament.
"Working with young people which is near and dear to my heart, give them better opportunities to augment what they're doing in school and work with them on prevention efforts.  We are working to give them a safe way to use their time as oppose to what the alternatives are in town," Gulluni noted.
Those who took part said anyone who ever feels unsafe or has a concern about school safety should contact police or school officials right away.

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