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CHICAGO -- Cook County is pushing to get teachers trained and prepared in case there’s a threat of violence in the school.

Earlier this month some 300 teachers and administrators from public and private schools gathered for training.

Cook County Homeland Security and emergency management: this is the first on many sessions.

Columbine, Sandy Hook: massacres that forever rocked our sense of security at school.

Now walk up to a suburban school like Reavis High, and you’re met with locked doors, visitors present their IDs to a cop, it’s run through the system, and when you’re let through, you’re given a lanyard pass -- a random color selected each day.

In January the parents of two students killed in the Sandy Hook massacre filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Newtown, Conn., and the board of education, citing two areas of negligence: classroom doors couldn’t be locked from the inside. Secondly, doors and windows didn’t have security glass.

Reavis changed all its locks and added stickers so teachers can act fast. Maps and instructions are on the back of each door.

And in the hallways you’re always on camera.

All the upgrades total about a half-million dollars.

But even with all the new technology out there, stopping a mass shooting rests on the relationship school leaders have with students.

And the coordination between law enforcement and schools.

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