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Overhead view of Sandy Hook Elementary School. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Overhead view of Sandy Hook Elementary School. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The deadly shooting in Newton, Conn., that killed 26 people, including 20 children, came in a year in which the school adopted a new safety plan to prevent a tragedy at the school.

Speaking with “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, said a new safety plan was implemented this year and that drills were conducted to help improve safety measures for the students and faculty. Dawn Hochsprung, who was the principal at the school, even tweeted a picture in October. It read “Safety first at Sandy Hook.” Hochsprung was among those who died yesterday.

But even with the adopted safety precautions, it wasn’t enough to prevent the killings.

“Until we can take guns away from people who are mentally disturbed, this is going to keep on going on,” Cirasuolo told CBS News.

Cirasuolo, who said all the safety protocols were followed, added that even increased security wouldn’t prevent another mass school shooting.

“Security’s going to get beefed up at every school in the country, I’m sure,” he said to CBS News. “But that’s no guarantee that this kind of thing can’t happen again until we deal with the fact that people who are disturbed are getting their hands on guns, and you can see what happens when that happens.”

Cirasuolo said that though Sandy Hook will be closed for a while, he is working with a number of school districts and local officials to see if students can be placed in other schools before Christmas.

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