ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Active shooter drills, bullet proof glass and security checkpoints are all among the changes at area school districts following the Sandy Hook school shootings five years ago. While the man who killed the children that day came into the building, the majority of school shooters are students. A student was found to have a loaded weapon Wednesday at Hazelwood West high school. A message was sent to parents.

“We haven’t gone to the extent of having metal detectors so we can detect those things, so often those things are getting into schools. Fortunately we haven’t had any threats, we haven’t had any incidents where anyone showed a weapon in any way to bring detriment to anyone else,” says Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart.

The good news, Dr. Collins-Hart says, is that students today are more likely to tell teachers or administrators about suspicious behavior. No word on how the teacher learned about the gun. That student was taken into police custody.

A vigil tonight in Richmond Heights will be one of more than 250 being held around the nation to remember the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. “Remembering our Lost Children: Five Years After Newtown” starts at 7 tonight at The Heights on Dale Avenue.

One of the speakers will be the Reverend Kathy Adams-Shepherd of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Five years ago, she was the rector of Trinity Episcopal in Newtown, Connecticut.

Since Sandy Hook, more than a half-million Americans have been killed or injured by guns, more than 33 thousand killed each year.

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