In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., there is a priority in the region’s schools: ensuring safety. At West Springfield High in Fairfax County, Officer Joe Plazio patrols the halls.
Jan. 18, 2013 Officer Joe Plazio of the Fairfax County police patrols the hallways at West Springfield High School, where he is stationed. Across the Washington region, officials in many school systems — including Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ — say they have strong practices already in place but are working to tighten up. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo