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Hillsborough Sheriff to increase patrols at elementary schools following Connecticut rampage

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Parents will notice increased security when they drop their little ones off at Hillsborough County Schools.  Starting Monday, all elementary schools in unincorporated parts of the county will have extra patrols.

"This increase in patrols will help to reassure parents and their children that their safety is a top priority for HCSO," Det. Larry McKinnon wrote in a statement.

Parents called the Hillsborough County School District headquarters Friday to express their concerns about the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  Hillsborough Schools Spokesman Steve Hegarty said they were reassured that extensive emergency plans are already in place.

"We are very quick to do a lock down at a school if there's just a rumor of any type of problem," said Hegarty.  "The principals know what to do.  Everybody knows what to do."

Hegarty said an email went out to all principals Friday morning to make them aware of the tragedy in case any students asked them about it.  School counselors and psychologists were also on hand if any students needed someone to talk to.

"It's scary anywhere," said Tampa mother Angela Moore.  "Nowhere is safe.  No one is immune."

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