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McDonnell to order school safety reviews

Gov. Bob McDonnell said today that he will order all school divisions in Virginia to review their safety audits in the wake of Friday’s mass killing at an elementary school in Connecticut.

McDonnell said he will also ask the state secretaries of education and public safety to help with those reviews, “to make sure that all those ideas are implemented, and the ones that aren’t, that we find a way to get those funded.”

McDonnell said he has called the governor of Connecticut “to express our sorrow and to offer any assistance that we could possibly provide to that community.”

“I still can’t quite come to terms with it,” McDonnell told reporters. “My wife and I sat in front of the TV sobbing on Friday.”

He said he would “do everything that I can to make sure that we would never have an event like that happen in a Virginia K-12 system.” McDonnell did not call for specific changes other than the school safety reviews, saying there should be time to reflect on whether Virginia should change any of its policies or laws.