|Updated: 3/08 9:58 am
||Published: 3/08 9:54 am
MAGNOLIA, AR - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is taking precautionary measures on school security.
Deputies and other area law enforcement officers gathered at Magnolia High School on Thursday for a tour of the school to get familiar with the campus in case an emergency ever happens there.
Columbia County Sheriff Mike Loe says December's shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has spurred him to take action.
"Newtown changed everything, so we're trying to get more proactive instead of reactive. I just felt like it was a good idea for every office to know exactly where a particular building is located on a particular campus," Sheriff Loe explains.
Sheriff Loe and his officers aren't taking the tour lightly and are visiting all schools in the district.
"Our officers are taking it extremely seriously," he says.
Loe is preparing his team as best as possible, but acknowledges you can't predict what could happen.
"Every incident is different. I would have to say we're going to do the very best we can. Yes, we're going to handle it whatever it is one way or another," says Sheriff Loe.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will have another after school tour on Wednesday.
Reported by: KTVE-TV, Monroe-El Dorado